Al Hamra Town

Al Hamra is a 400-year-old town in the region Ad Dakhiliyah, in northeastern Oman. The town and province lie on the southern slopes of the Akhdar Mountains. One can visit the Bait Al Safa, a living history museum, where locals demonstrate old Omani traditions in a restored mud-brick house.

Al Hamra is also known as Hamra Al Abryeen with reference to the Al Abri tribe who live there. Near the center of the town is a plaza and the souq. Some of the oldest preserved houses in Oman can be found in Al Hamra, a town built on a tilted rock slab. Many of the houses have two, three and even four stories,with ceilings made of palm beams and fronds topped by mud and straw. Visitors to the nearby souq can watch a halwa maker at work in the only halwa shop still operating in the old souq.

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