Ja’alan Bani Bu Ali: Wadi Hased in the Wilayat of Ja’alan Bani Bu Ali in the Governorate of South A’Sharqiyah is one of the beautiful valleys in attracting tourists from inside and outside the wilayat.
It is a popular site for family picnic, individual tourists and tour groups who like deserts. Located in the east of the Wilayat of Ja’alan Bani Bu Ali, it is about 25 kilometres away from the wilayat.
The villages adjacent to Wadi Hased have beautiful names, such as “Al Salaba,” “Qaran Dhabi,” “Shubat Al Oudin,” “Seeh A’Sama”, “Al Ghina,” “Sharm Al Nakhla” and “Aqida” among others.
The elements of desert nature located in Wadi Hased reflect a quiet life lived by the people and enjoyed by the visitors.
There are sand dunes that have various formations, as well as the mountains surrounding the valley that give beauty to the scene, along with scattered trees of the locally called “Al Ghaf,” in the corners of the valley.
Hased Fort is located in the centre of the valley, near Seeh Al Sama. It an old fort built of plaster, gravel and mud amid sand dunes and remains of old houses. It reflects the skill of Omani architecture, especially in the construction of forts.
Said bin Mohammed Al-Sa’edi, member of Majlis Al Shura, Representative of the Wilayat of Ja’alan Bani Bu Ali said that Wadi Hased represents an important tourist destination for the Wilayat of Ja’alan Bani Bu Ali due to its proximity to the city centre as well as environmental diversity.
One can see the tents of tourists scattered there, which indicate that the valley is an important tourist destination.
The shadows of Al Ghaf trees are a real pleasure for nature lovers, alongside the sand dunes that are constantly being frequented by tourists. These factors contribute to the success of hiking and enjoying the elements of nature in Wadi Hased. The valleys of the Wilayat of Ja’alan Bani Bu Ali are generally a favourite place for hiking and recreation for visitors from within or outside the Sultanate.
Al-Sa’edi said that the visitor or tourist of Wadi Hased can see the life of the Bedouins, and can see camel convoys in all directions because of the fertile and appropriate nature, especially in times of rainfall where animals of various kinds come to the valley for grazing and water. Many cattle stables scatter in the valley at certain times where camels and livestock go out for grazing.
The residents of Wadi Hased use groundwater wells for irrigation. One can see them along the valley in the places where rainwater flows. This water is fresh and potable and used for irrigation of plantations. It is famous for its palm trees and other seasonal field crops, such as alfalfa on which livestock depend on their food among other plantations.