Welcome to Birkat Al Mawz
Sheltered in the hinge between plain and mountain, this pretty village has retained much of its aged charm (despite recent modernisation). Birkat Al Mawz roughly translates as ‘Banana Pool’, an appropriate name as a drive through the village plantation will reveal. Most people only venture here to begin the 4WD drive (or strenuous day hike) up Wadi Muaydin to the Saiq Plateau on Jebel Akhdar. This is a pity because there are several interesting things to see, including a fort, an active falaj (irrigation channel), some interesting old buildings that are in the process of being saved from ruin, and a thick plantation of date palms that invite a quiet stroll. The village also offers practical assistance to visitors heading up the mountain such as 4WD hire, supermarkets and camping supplies.