Al Fat'h village in Oman combines modern with old

Oman Saturday 23/April/2016 20:21 PM
By: Times News Service
Al Fat'h village in Oman combines modern with old

Al Mudhaibi: Al Fat’h village in the Wilayat of Al Mudhaibi in the Governorate of North A’Sharqiyah is a beautiful tourist village, which is characterised by its picturesque nature and various agricultural crops, in addition to archaeological landmarks.
The Al Fat’h village is located near the Al Mudhaibi—Muscat—Sur main road. It is eight kilometres away from the Al Mudhaibi centre. It is bordered on the east by the Al Malah valley and the Al Qabil village, in the north by the Al Mihlah village, in the west by some Bedouin communities and in the south by the Al Ainain village.
The nature of life in the village combines the modern with the old. The mobility of people is active throughout the year.
Some Bedouins come to the village in summer and live in houses built with date palm fronds, locally called “Areesh.”
The name of the village, according to some accounts, comes as it is located at the beginning of the city of Al Mudhaibi and adjoining it on the north side.
Agriculture has been one of the most important professions in the past and present among the village’s citizens. Various types of date palms show their interest in the profession, which is an important source of livelihood for them.
Many other crops are also grown in the village, such as animal fodder and citrus trees, and lemon, mango and some types of vegetables and fruits.
For irrigation of these crops, farmers entirely depend on the ancient “Falaj” irrigation system or water channels, which has decreased in its flow of water over time forcing some to turn to some wells to help them with irrigation. Some of them depend on wells, particularly farms, which are located far from the course of the falaj.
The Bedouins, who come to the village during the summer, practice certain professions and trades, including camels, sheep, and goat breeding, in addition to taking part in dates collection, and dates boiling, locally known as “Tabseel,” which is made annually due to the large number of “Mabsali,” a type of date palms.
The Al Malah valley, which is located east of the village, is an appropriate place to enjoy the soft sands in the evening. It is also a popular destination and an outlet for the villagers when it floods during periods of continuous rain.