Welcome to Batinah Plain
The flat and comparatively fertile strip of land between the Hajar Mountains and the Gulf of Oman is the country’s bread basket and most populous area. It's been settled for centuries and even hosted Oman's capital city – at both Rustaq and Nakhal – before Muscat assumed the responsibility. All towns in the region have impressive forts, either guarding the coast or protecting the inland routes to the interior. It may not look like it from the plain (as the mountains appear as a continuous rockface with little in the way of foothills), but these routes find unlikely access into the heart of the mountains via a series of wadis (dry river beds) that periodically flood. For the visitor, these wadis, and the tiny hamlets they protect, offer exhilarating off-road exploration, while the coastal towns of Barka and Sohar exhibit an interesting culture, sharing much in common with Baluchistan across the water.