Ibri is the capital of the northern Al Dhahirah region. A modern town with a major highway, Hwy 21, linking it to the border town of Buraimi in the north, it has a few sights to keep a visitor busy including a newly renovated fort. The town also makes a friendly stopover en route from the United Arab Emirates to Nizwa and a base for visiting the Unesco-protected tombs at Al Ayn and Bat. If you have plenty of time to explore Oman, a loop can be made from Muscat via Nizwa, Bat and Ibri, through the mountains along Hwy 8 to Sohar and back along the coast to Muscat – a trip of at least three days.
In Ibri, there are literally dozens of shawarma and rotisserie-chicken restaurants along Hwy 21 if you want to get a feel for local life. Banks and supermarkets are clustered around the central roundabout at the turning for Ibri Castle.