Jebel Harim

A set of ancient inscribed gravestones marks the junction between Rawdah Bowl and the Omani portion of Wadi Bih. Fashioned either from luminous yellow sandstone or grey limestone, the tombstones are pre-Islamic and bear many inscriptions and pictographs. The soft yellow stones appear to vibrate with saturated colour in the setting sun. There's another cluster of tombstones within the Rawdah Bowl.

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2. Rawdah Bowl

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Beneath Jebel Harim, a gap in the mountains leads to an almost circular plateau known as the Rawdah Bowl. A beautiful depression of mature acacia and ghaf…

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5. Jebel Harim Pass

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6. Jebel Jais Viewing Deck Park

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