Located in the wilayat Nakhl of South Al Batinah governorate, Wakan village attracts a large number of tourists who come here to enjoy the season of apricots and peaches, which begins in January and continues till the beginning of March. This is the season when there is huge influx of tourism and commercial activities. The village is situated on the heights and is relatively cooler making it the ideal place for growing these fruits. Since they are grown without chemical additives they have a unique taste.
Surrounded by high mountains, Wakan village is one of the most popular tourist destinations. It also has archaeological sites which show that the entire area is deeply rooted in history. Its agricultural terraces spread along the wadi from the borders of the village to the heights of the mountains. The village, located 2,000 metres above the sea level, has a unique weather. The temperature is moderate during summer and dips during winter. Overlooking the wadi Mistal, the village has the most magnificent view.
In addition to apricots and peaches, various types of agricultural crops of Wakan also attract tourists. These include fruits like grapes, pomegranates and cherries — locally known as “Sakura,” as well as legumes and mountain herbs such as lavender and wild thyme or “Zatar”.
The people of the village reap the harvest of apricots and peaches from the end of April till May every year. The local people also benefit due to the promotion of the village as a tourist destination. These fruits are also a source of income for the people of the areas as the tourists purchase them.
of Tourism has improved the services and infrastructure of the village. It has
constructed a walkway of around 700 steps covering a distance of 1.1km to
climb to the highest peak in the village. From here you can see the wadi
starting from the borders of the village to the end of the foothills of the
mountains around wilayat Nakhl, which is called wadi Mistal. The Ministry has set
up a fence along the road leading to the Wakan village to ensure that no
unfortunate incidents take place, and it has also provided designated areas for
various types of services.
There are monitoring towers in the shape of forts, and shades and chairs for tourists to rest while climbing to the height. At the entrance to the village public conveniences are made available. There is a guest house known as ‘Wakan Guest House’ which also has a restaurant for the tourists and their families. And all necessary information about the village is being provided by the Ministry in various languages to help tourists enjoy every attraction available there.
Wakan village is also one of the best areas for hiking. The walkway leading to the highest peak in the village is helpful in this. The entire area is very promising for various types of sports tourism such as climbing and organising mountain competitions.
Amir bin Salim Al-Sobhi, one of the residents of wilayat Nakhl, said, “The people of Wakan focus on the agricultural crops which do not grow in other areas of the country. When these crops blossom, the entire farms are covered in white which attracts tourists coming here from within the Sultanate and abroad.”
Al Sobhi added that tourists keep coming to Wakan village throughout the year, particularly during winter as this is the season of blossoming of the apricot.
The farmers sell their crops in the nearby markets, most of them in the Souq Nakhl. He said that various types of agricultural crops are the sources of income of the people of the village. The Omani apricots are sold only in the local markets and not exported even to the neighbouring countries. The seedlings of apricot are also sold locally and never exported.
According to Al Sobhi, Wakan has recently become a major destination for tourists coming here from within the country or abroad. They come here particularly in the season when the farms are clad in apricot flowers and the weather is moderate. Wakan village is known for the stunning scenery and aroma of beautiful plants, such as lavender and wild thyme, spread all across mountain ranges.
Faisal Al-Mawali, a tourist, said, “When I first visited Wakan village, I was amazed by the splendour of its scenery. In my view, it is one of the most important tourist attractions in the Sultanate. While on the walkways, you can see the beauty of untouched nature on the both sides. You would also see the splendour of mountainous terrain.”
Al Mawali said that one of the most important features of the village was its apricots, peaches and other trees. These are major attractions for those who visit the village to spend some beautiful time, and this also strengthens domestic tourism in the Sultanate.