Welcome to Jalan Bani Bu Hassan & Jalan Bani Bu Ali
These towns comprise a conglomeration of watchtowers, old fortified houses, forts and ancient plantation walls, all of which lie crumbling in various states of beloved dereliction. There has been little attempt to court the modern world and none at all to woo the visitor, making a visit to these sites all the more rewarding. Look out for elaborately painted metal doors and traditional carved wooden gates sported by the town's residences – both are a feature of the region.
Brown signs dot the edge of town, wistfully stating ‘You are on the fringe of the sands’ and warning you not to go further without 4WD. Tracks lead from either town into a uniquely wooded area of the Sharqiya Sands but should not be attempted without a guide as these routes are seldom explored by visitors and it is easy to get lost or mired in sand.