Hidden World! Balad Sayt in Oman Mountains .....{by Bassam}

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Deep in Oman's countryside are many villages that still retain their traditional charm and sense of rural solitude. Perhaps the most appealing of these is Bilad Sayt, a tranquil mountain hamlet tucked away in the protective embrace of Al Rostaq's rugged hills.Every year scores of local and foreign tourists make the bumpy journey by 4WD and on foot for a glimpse of this remote village and its picturesque settings. They marvel at its unspoilt beauty and traditional character, which is a world away from the bustle and stress that generally characterises life in urban areas.

Bilad Sayt's old-world appeal lies in its cluster of stone-and-mud dwellings laid out like steps along the slope of a rocky hill. It is a typical Omani communal-style settlement, not very different from the old neighbourhoods of Al Hamra, Nizwa and Adam where homes are built in a tight huddle. A labyrinth of narrow pathways connects these atmosphere dwellings, some of which are even two or three storeys high. A formidable square tower, now in poignant ruin, stands on top of the hill overlooking Bilad Sayt.

A verdant swathe of date palms and a patchwork of terraced fields accentuate the scenic beauty of this natural setting. All around are the impressive profiles of mountains that are a part of the Jebal Shams range.From somewhere deep within these mountains emerge crystal streams of water that eventually feed the village's two main aflaj. These nurture the area's lush heritage of date palm gardens and farms below. The overflow ends up in the wadi that skirts Bilad Sayt and meanders on for about 7km, cutting a deep swathe through the surrounding mountains.

Before it joins forces with the spectacular Wadi Bani Auf downstream, this wadi creates dramatic gorges that also invite discovery. Adding to the village's rustic charm is the sight of farmers tending lush fields of alfalfa, and womenfolk returning from the mountain springs with pots of fresh water gingerly balanced on their heads. In summer, men from the village set out early every morning to scour the nearby mountains for the bhoot tree that produces a type of sweet, purple-coloured berry. The tree usually grows along the ridges of high mountains, notably in Jabal Shams and Al Jabal al Akhdar, and its fruit is hugely coveted by Omanis around the Sultanate. Moreover, the bhoot is widely touted for its nutritive and health properties.

While looking for berries in the mountains, the villagers also check out caves and crannies for honey stashed away by wild bees. This pure, natural honey is also in great demand around the Sultanate. Because of its location high in the mountains of the Jebal Shams range, Bilad Sayt enjoys moderate daytime temperatures even in summer while the rest of the interior region sizzles. Winter weather can be especially pleasant. Just three kilometres from Bilad Sayt is another tranquil Omani village located deep in the wedge of mountains.

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Comments (220)

Arkadiy_ on June 10, 2012

Wonderful photo. Great view. Like & YS

Greetings, Arkadiy

Carlos Kist on June 10, 2012

Hello friend Bassam, great photo and nice view, Like 131 + YS 58.Best wishes from Brazil.Carlos

Adem Dogan on June 10, 2012

Hello dear friend Bassam, It's Majestic Photography with Splendid View. A Fantastic Dedication for dear Friend Boris.

LIKE 132 + F 59

Warm Greetings & Good Evening. Adem Dogan

Stathis Chionidis on June 10, 2012

Fantastic place and fine shot my friend.LIKE.Stathis

Sunriser © on June 10, 2012

Interesting capture!


Best wishes from Brazil!

dimitris koskinas on June 11, 2012

Excellent capture!!! Very nice composition!!! LIKE Greetings from Rodos-Greece Dimitris

Boris Boris on June 16, 2012

It's really impressive, my friend! The breathtaking views and magical landscape, your shot is excellent in all respects! L+F.

With best wishes from Riga,

  • Boris *.
Roswitha Thiele on July 17, 2012

Great picture -- very nice like143 and fav67 , best regards vita

nino evola on July 17, 2012

Fantastic scenery. Well done.


A dear greetings from italy


Enrico Pighetti on July 17, 2012

Fantastica, Bassam. Like e Ys

Slava S on July 18, 2012

Wonderful view,

beautiful picture!!!


Best wishes, Slava

Haris A. on July 18, 2012

VOTED&FAV dear fiend Bassam :)

Good luck in the contest

Best wishes ... Haris

Małgorzata Grzywacz on July 18, 2012

Super shot! L

Best wishes,Małgorzata

warabi hatogaya on July 18, 2012

A wonderful town of magnificent geographical feature

Mata Hary on July 18, 2012

Unique and beautiful photo. Fav/72, Like/149! Greetings Mata Hary

giselaplewe on July 18, 2012

Gewaltige Welt. LIKE gisela

Faintlightofdawn on July 18, 2012

spectacular place, good luck for the contest, liked, best wishes, Fai

Kostia Semytskyi on July 18, 2012

Very beautiful! Like 152

Alito_di_vento è chi… on July 18, 2012

beautiful picture!!!


Best regards _chiara

Ijaz Ahmad Mughal on July 18, 2012

very interesting view and a super shot ,Like!......Kind regards, Ijaz Ahmad

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  • Uploaded on June 5, 2012
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    by Bassam Jayousi
    • Taken on 2012/06/05 10:54:58