Land of le­mons,


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Sa­ham, a coastal wilayat in the Al Bati­nah North Gov­er­norate, has wit­nessed no­tice­able pros­per­ity and in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment. Sev­eral projects im­ple­mented across the wilayat have turned the area into a much-sought-after place. The wilayat, over­look­ing the Sea of Oman, has been noted from an­cient times for the pro­duc­tion of lemon with a con­sid­er­able quan­tity be­ing ex­ported to other coun­tries. Sa­ham is also known for its au­then­tic tra­di­tional crafts and in­dus­tries, fish­ing, folk arts and camel and horse races.

Sa­ham con­sists of many vil­lages, the most prom­i­nent be­ing Sur Al Shiyadi, Sur Al Bu­loosh, Mukhaileef, Khour Al Ha­mam and Al Man­qel.

Wadis and aflaj are among the at­trac­tive fea­tures of the wilayat. Wadis in­clude Aheen, Khour Al Malh and Al Sakahn, while the most im­por­tant aflaj are Bani Ameer, Al Roodha, Al Ma­hab and Shei­dah.

Sa­ham is known for its forts, which were built to pro­tect the wilayat from at­tacks and in­va­sions. Al Souq Fort houses one of the renowned cas­tles as it was once the res­i­dence of the gov­er­nor. Sa­ham has all civic ameni­ties like schools, hos­pi­tals, gov­ern­men­tal in­sti­tu­tions, roads, wa­ter net­works, be­sides other in­fra­struc­ture fa­cil­i­ties.

Since the Blessed Re­nais­sance, pri­vate and public schools have been con­structed across the wilayat in ad­di­tion to tech­ni­cal in­sti­tutes. The gov­ern­ment has been keen to es­tab­lish a re­fer­ral hos­pi­tal and sev­eral health cen­tres and com­plexes equipped with lat­est med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties. Sa­ham en­joys im­por­tant ser­vices in­clud­ing drainage net­work, mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices, paved roads, dams, aflaj main­te­nance and so­cial res­i­den­tial units, slaugh­ter houses, sport clubs, power gen­er­a­tion plant and wa­ter sup­ply plant.

In 2015, Sa­ham slaugh­ter­house was opened to en­hance health safety.

Sa­ham souq, a mega project in the wilayat, spreads over 130,000 m2 and will po­ten­tially serve the public needs. Con­struc­tion of a tra­di­tional souq is go­ing on in ad­di­tion to other fish, fruit and veg­eta­bles and live­stock souqs. The main mar­ket will boost trade and tourism in the wilayat. The in­dus­trial sec­tor sees rapid growth while recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties lure many tourists.

There are a num­ber of in­dus­tries in Sa­ham, which in­clude mak­ing of Omani dag­gers, swords, sil­ver crafts, doors, wooden poles, Omani sweets and belts. The most sub­stan­tial in­dus­try is the tra­di­tional ship­build­ing. Peo­ple of the wilayat are ac­cus­tomed to rear­ing live­stock, farm­ing and fish­ing, as well as oc­cu­pa­tions such as carpentry and smith­ery.

The na­tives per­form folk arts like Razha, Al Azi, Sea Arts and Ham­bal, in ad­di­tion to women’s art.

The gov­ern­ment pays at­ten­tion to Omani women’s de­vel­op­ment through the es­tab­lish­ment of Omani Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion, a fo­rum where they can en­gage in var­i­ous so­cial and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties.

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