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Though fairly remote, Ibri is the largest town in the Al Dhahirah region of Oman. The village has experienced rapid growth in recent times due to its proximity to Oman's limited oil fields and being the first real town after the border crossing at Al Ain (UAE) / Buraimi (Oman).
Further growth may be in store as there are plans to construct a road from Ibri into Saudi Arabia. It would still be quite a haul as Ibri rests on the cusp of the Empty Quarter, just beyond the Hajar mountains of Oman.
The village is known for its goat hair rugs (identified by black and red stripes) as well as traditional dancing, though the latter is waning. Facilities and attractions are both limited in this way station to Oman, but it is the home of a decent souk, a camel racetrack and the Al Sulaif ruins. Ibri is a rather remote village in Oman and offers few attractions, though we were charmed by Al Sulaif. This substantial walled village lies just south of town and stepping into its crumbling ruins is like stepping back into time. Although abandoned fairly recently (circa 1985), Al Sulaif strikes one as truly ancient with its seemingly endless examples of adobe brick structures. You will find a souk, a mosque and countless households and archways within its walls ringed by impressive watch towers.
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