Oman Nature Reserve


Oman Reserves, Oman Natural Reserves - Ministry of Tourism, Sultanate of Oman > Oman is full of natural reserves with its own uniqueness and beauty. Variety of Oman reserves are located various regions of Oman like in Dhofar, Samhan Mountains, Al Jabal Al Akhdhar Sanctuary etc.

Jabal Akhdhar Sanctuary for Natural Scenerie - This rises to a height of 2,980 metres and is famous for its wide plateau close to the summit. The journey from Muscat to Al Jabal Al Akhdar takes about two hours and can only be undertaken by four-wheel drive. Al Jabal Al Akhdar is known for its Mediterranean climate. Temperatures drop during winter to below zero Celsius, with snow falling at times, and rise in summer to 22 degrees Celsius. Due to its location and unique weather, the Green Mountain produces a variety of fruits, such as apricots, plums, figs, grapes, apples and pears, as well as almonds, walnuts and saffron. The pomegranate that grows here is classified among the finest of its kind in the world.

Al-Dimaniyat Islands Nature Reserve
is located in Wilayat AlSeeb in the Muscat Governorate and Wilayat Barka in Al Batinah South Governorate , and lies about 18 kilometres off the coast of Barka (70 kilometres west of Muscat, the capital). Its total area is 100 hectares (247 acres) and is composed of nine islands. The reserve features pristine beaches on which the white sands are caressed by the sea’s crystal blue waters. This reserve has a rich natural heritage and is replete with several kinds of coral reefs, including some examples that are quite rare. The island is home to a large number of sea turtles that lay their eggs and nest there, as well as a magnet for migratory and indigenous birds. The Dimaniyat islands contain more than 22 known diving sites, in addition to being perfect for snorkelling. Also, some people like to camp in the islands, especially in the period from October to February.

Dhofar Lagoons - Lagoons abound in Dhofar Governorate, and vary in size from a few hectares to more than one hundred hectares. Some of these lagoons have been established as nature reserves. There are eight reserves, namely: Khawr Ruri, Khawr Sawli, Khawr Al Maghsayl, Khawr Al Qurm AlSagheerand, Khawr Awqad, Khawr Ad Dahareez, Khawr Taqah.

Turtle Reserve - The beaches extending from Ras Al Hadd to Masirah Island in the Al Sharqiyah South Governorate are considered a turtle reserve, including the green turtle, which is a rare turtle that returns every year to lay its eggs on the same beach where it was born decades ago. Ras Al Jins is a quiet sanctuary for turtles where they lay their eggs, securing the continued survival of the species and protecting them from extinction. Apart from the turtle breeding season (which extends throughout the year in varying degrees), you can enjoy the beauty of the beach and view the magnificent tracks left by the turtles. A scientific centre has been established containing illustrative displays of the turtles laying their eggs. The reserve is 65 kilometres east of Sur City and can be reached through Al `Ayjah village.

Oman Botanic Garden
contains a set of documented living plants for scientific research, as well as for conservation and display. Oman Botanic Garden was established near old Al Khoudh over an estimated area of 425 hectares in Wilayt Al Seeb, Muscat Governorate. When completed, the park will be one of the largest botanic gardens in the Gulf region.

The Arabian Oryx Sanctuary - This reserve is located in the isolated area of Jiddat Al Harasis, the home of Arabia’s last true nomads. The environmental resources in this area (flat plains, sand dunes, high hills and rocky slopes) support a unique desert ecosystem that benefits diverse species of flora and fauna. The Arabian Oryx is a medium-sized antelope that is well adapted to its desert existence, particularly because it has the capacity to conserve water. Unfortunately, wild Oryx died out in 1972, but thanks to the efforts of HM Sultan Qaboos, the first Oryx from a captive herd was successfully released into the wild.