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The area of Jabal Akhdar, meaning ‘Green Mountain’, forms part of the Al Hajar mountain range. They extend 300kms from north-west to south-east, approximately 50km inland from the Gulf of Oman coast and are known as one of Oman’s most spectacular areas. The range is mostly desert, but at higher altitudes receives around 12 inches of precipitation annually, allowing the growth of shrubs and trees as well as agriculture and gives the mountain its name. The area is famous for its traditional rose water extraction and agricultural products including pomegranate, apricot, peach and walnut. The Jabal is mostly inhabited by the ancient Arab tribe Bani Riyam. Most descendants of the tribe are now in nearby towns such as Nizwa and Izki while some also inhabit Ibra.

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