Bull Butting

Spectator Sport in Barka

One reason for visiting Barka is to see the traditional spectator sport of bull-butting. This is where great Brahmin bulls, specially raised by local farmers, are set nose-to-nose in a push-and-shove that supposedly hurts neither party. One of the highlights can be witnessing the excitement of the locals who seem mindless of the dust bath kicked up around them.

To get to the bullring by car take the turning for Barka off the Muscat–Sohar Hwy and turn left at the T-intersection in the centre of town. After 3.4km you will see the concrete enclosure on your right.

Bull-butting rotates from village to village along the Batinah coast on selected weekends. Ask locally to find out when and where, or chance your luck at the bullring on a Friday between November and March from 4pm to 6pm.