Jebel Al Kawr

Hajar Mountains

Just east of Al Ayn, there's a small roundabout (beyond which lies Wadi Damm); a right turn here leads up a winding paved road to a broad fertile plateau on top of Jebel Al Kawr. At 2700m, this limestone massif offers spectacular views of neighbouring mountains, Jebel Misht and Shams, but attracts nothing like the same number of visitors. Several date-palm villages dot the plateau, including Sint and Sant, watered by spring water and supported by tiny market gardens.

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1. Wadi Damm

7.22 MILES

This steep-sided wadi channels the water that runs off Jebel Kawr and Jebel Shams and makes a pretty place for an easy stroll or a picnic. The walls at…

2. Ghul Village

7.29 MILES

Affording one of the most lovely vistas in the Hajar Mountains, the abandoned village of Ghul dusts the shoulder of a cliff at the foot of Wadi Ghul, the…

3. Wadi Ghul Viewpoint


The term 'Grand Canyon of Arabia' is wholly deserved for this quintessential feature of Oman's spectacular mountain scenery. A short path leads to the…

4. Beehive Tombs

10.11 MILES

Beside the village of Al Ayn, and arranged along a low, russet-coloured ridge, this string of tombs make a dramatic silhouette against Jebel Misht that…

5. Jebel Misht

10.42 MILES

With its serrated teeth, Jebel Misht (meaning 'Comb Mountain') is well named. This striking lump of rock is one of Oman's so-called ‘exotics’ – a…

6. Al Hamra Viewpoint

11.91 MILES

Bathed by the golden light of sunset, with the limestone 'dip slope' of Jebel Shams as backdrop and a thick plantation of date palms in the foreground,…

7. Bait Al Safah

12.15 MILES

This quirky museum is more open house than historical display. Three ladies accompany guests around their traditional house in the aged and crumbling…

8. Misfat Viewpoint

14.03 MILES

For the best view of Misfat, turn right by the campground before entering the village. The ancient stone buildings, half buried in a thick date plantation…