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A visit to Omani wilayat of A\'Seeb.

Muscat, May 18 (BNA): A'Seeb is one of the wilayats of the Governorate of Muscat. It is a wilayat with a long history, formerly known as Dama.

The Wilayat of A'Seeb is geographically well-located, according to Oman News Agency (ONA).

It is bordered to the north by the Wilayat of Barka, and the southwest by the Wilayat of Bidbid and on the southeastern by the Wilayat Bausher. A'Seeb overlooks the Sea of Oman and has a coastline of about 30 kilometers long. Its population, according to the (2010) census is more than (302,992) people, living in 59 villages. The residents of the Wilayat of A'Seeb work in many professions, including trade, agriculture, fishing, and livestock.

On the reason it is called A'Seeb, Sheikh Yahya bin Mohammed al-Amri, member of the Municipal Council of the Governorate of Muscat, representative of the Wilayat of A'Seeb, and a member of the Municipal Affairs Committee in A'Seeb says that the reason is due to the flow of water in the Wilayat an "A'Seeb" in Arabic means (giving and water course) and connotes "water-flow".

There are more than 45 government institutions in the Wilayat of A'Seeb, mostly service institutions, offering various services to the population. The foremost of which include Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), Command of the Sultan's Armed Forces (COSAF), Al Murtafa' Camp, Muscat International Airport, formerly named "A'Seeb International Airport," as well as having a wide range of other government and private institutions .

There is in the Wilayat of A'Seeb a special market for the sale of dates, mango, lemon, quince, and bitter orange and other agricultural crops

A'Seeb gained its importance when it became the Muslims garrison in Oman during the period (177 AH - 280 AH), when Dama (or nowadays A'Seeb) the nearest coastal town for "Nizwa" the capital at the time. It was transformed into a garrison post and an Islamic seaport for Oman. Its importance increased in the era of Imam Ghassan bin Abdullah (192 AH - 207 AH) when Oman was subjected to the Indian maritime piracy. Imam Ghassan bin Abdullah decided to build the first Omani naval fleet in the country's Islamic history to be capable to repel and defeat the pirates. Historical evidence indicates that the headquarters of this fleet was in the Wilayat of A'Seeb.

The Wilayat of A'Seeb is famous for its "Dama Fortress" which is considered as cultural and literary University. It was a meeting place for scholars, writers and for seminars and lectures in various fields of science, such as history, literature and poetry.

The Wilayat of A'Seeb is one of the coastal wilayats whose population work in fishing. Eng. Salim bin Darwish al-Hassani, Director of Fisheries Development Department in A'Seeb said that 1174 persons work in in the fishing industry in the Wilayat of A'Seeb on 514 boats, and there are 197 vehicles in the wilayat to transport and fish marketing inside and outside the wilayat.

In the agricultural area, Eng. Salim bin Mohammed al-Hemaimi, Director of Agricultural Development Centre in A'Seeb said according to the Sultanate's agricultural census (2012/2013), A'Seeb contains 1168 agricultural holdings that include 86,623 date palm trees cultivated by more than 1500 farmers, ONA reported.


BNA 0628 GMT 2015/05/18

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Date:May 18, 2015
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