Abat is a mountainous village and the biggest village in Wadi al Minqal, in terms of location and population.
It is positioned in the far west of the wadi, and is bordered to the north by the slopes of A’ant mountain, to the south the village of Tema, to the east by the village of Hawajir and to the west by the Al Hajar al Gharbi Mountains. The village of Abat is about 48km from the centre of the wilayat.
The village can be reached by means of the primary street from the wilayat of Sur by means of the wilayat of Al Kamil W’Al Wafi. The guests ought to take the left turn at Al Fleij location, and then take the mountain road for 20km.
Mohammed bin Rashid al Alawi, head of the village mentioned, “The climate is warm in the winter and hot in summer, the villagers use falaj water to irrigate their plantations.”
Yousef bin Khamis al Dawoodi, a villager from Abat mentioned, “The majority of the villagers like other villagers in the valley rely on agriculture and textile market, which is nonetheless practised till this time.
“When one enters the village, he can hear the sound of the textile machines. You also find people engaged in frond industries and cattle breeding.”
The village is renowned for developing various varieties of date palm trees, such as Al Barni, Al Madlooki, Al Naghal, and Abo Narinja, as effectively as mango, banana, lemon, orange and sour orange.
Dawoodi added, “There are many historical landmarks in the village, most notably Al Nimer tower, Harat al Hisn tower, Al Wadi tower and Harat al Ruqa’a tower, as well as Al Beer castle, which has a private residence for its guards, a water storage basin and an old mosque.”
He mentioned, “There is also the old castle, on top of the mountain, which was used in the past as a guarding site. There are some remains of old houses. They are not used now as they have to be developed and made into a tourist site.”
Information Source: Muscat Daily