Along the coastal highway around Tiwi, several roads zigzag up the mountainside and into the clouds that often top the Eastern Hajar range. These roads mostly connect with small villages, such as Umq, from where there is no onward route except by foot. One or two roads, however, lead onto the remote Selma Plateau, a semi-arid, undulating mountain top, dotted with tiny hamlets and hollowed out with caverns (including the famous Majlis Al Jinn). The plateau is the location of an ancient burial site, Jaylah, where a cluster of beehive tombs (resembling those at Al Ain and Bat) mark a dramatic spot on a cliff edge.
If you’re feeling brave, and have a good sense of direction and spare petrol, you can ascend to the mountain top at Tiwi, follow the growing network of roads and tracks across the plateau to Jaylah and descend towards Ibra on the other side of the mountains.