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“3 sites - one closed - Falaj and Mud Houses to see”

Birkat Al Mouz Ruins
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Cool and Green Garden Tour from Muscat
Ranked #7 of 12 things to do in Nizwa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Bayt (Castle) is closed for further restoration (nothing to do with the RAF destroying it years ago at the then Sultan's invitation!). Always check before driving to Omani Forts as they are often closed for works.

But there is a good working Falaj with good water flow which if you have the time and energy (38c when we arrived) you can walk along to the Harat As Sibani settlement. This is really interesting and is in the course of UNESCO restoration so go soon to see the basics of this medieval mud house settlement. The walk is mainly shaded and brings you very obviously to the foot of the mud village.

Well worth the stop even with the Bayt closed.

Thank linskitours
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our group of 22 made a short stop here after touring Nizwa. Birkat al Mawz (Pool of Bananas) is another of the area's traditional oasis villages. Of particular interest here is an ancient falaj, an intricate engineering system of channels that is used to distribute water within a community.

This heritage site was on our way to lunch with an Omani family. But don't go out of your way it you are not close, particularly if you do not have a guide. Without one, it would be difficult to understand and appreciate this water distribution system.

Thank CJW913
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had visited the ruins before our drive up to Jebel Akhdar. Beautiful ruins but watch your steps when wandering around as the ruins are very old and many have collapsed already. And be advised that there is no parking lot there. Better to park at the main road and walk there (maybe 2 minutes walk).

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Reviewed March 4, 2018

Fantastic walking around the ruins and finding some people still living in the houses.A must see if in the area.set back from road.

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Reviewed February 22, 2018 via mobile

Since we were on the way we decided to make a stop. The views from the top are quite nice. Just be careful not to step on an actual roof that can collapse. I would not come here from Muscat just to see it.

Thank Fernando D
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