Al Buraimi is a governorate of Oman which was split from the Ad Dhahirah region
Until October, 2006, the area was part of Ad Dhahirah region. At this time, the new governorate was created from the wilayats Al Buraymi and Mahdah. A third wilayat, Al Sunaynah was created from parts of the two.
The town Al Buraymi is an oasis town in northeastern Oman, on the border of the United Arab Emirates. An adjacent city on the UAE's side of the border is Al Buraimi. For many decades there has been an open border between Al Buraimi located in Oman and Al Buraimi (UAE). Effective from 16 September 2006, this border has been relocated to an area around Hilli which is around 8 kilometers from the traditional open border. The traditional border near Al Buraimi city is now closed to all except to those with valid visas (GCC nationals require no visa).
How to Reach
Transport in and around Buraimi is by taxis, which like the majority of taxis in Oman are coloured orange and white. Drivers accept payment in both Omani Riyals(OR) and United Arab Emirate Dirhams(AED), a trip within the township of Buraimi will generally cost no more than 5 AED/0.5 OMR. A trip to Mahdha may cost over 10 AED / 1 OMR.
Places to visit
Wilayat Al Buraimi
Wilayat Al Buraimi is the regional center of the Governorate located 375 kilometers from the capital Muscat . It has a number of historic forts and houses. Its main forts are al Khandaq, which has been adopted as the emblem of the Wilayat, and Al Hillah Fort. Both these forts have recently been restored by the Ministry of National Heritage and Culture. There are also several other forts, including the forts of al Fayyadh, Hafeet and Wadi al Jizzi. The most famous historic house in the Wilayat is Bait Bahr. Buraimi's villages are watered by 49 falajes. Much of the rest of the Wilayat is sandy desert.
Mahdhah is bordered by the Wilayat of Buraimi and the United Arab Emirates to the south and by the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman and Ras al Khaimah. To the east a chain of mountains separates it from the Batinah South Governorate. It has 9,002 inhabitants and ninety-nine villages.
Wilayat Al Sinainah
Formerly known as the Sinainah Procuratorate and the issuance of Royal Decree No. 108 / 2006 raise the administrative level on behalf of Sinainah to the wilaya, so it know now Wilayat Al Sinainah.