Tourist Service Centre


For a panoramic view of the wadi plantations, stop at the Tourist Service Centre on the approach road to Moqal Cave. The centre has been closed for years, but it overlooks a sea of palm trees and is blissfully peaceful at sunset when most day trippers have gone home. You can bring your own picnic here and enjoy the view from the terrace of the car park.

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