Friday, 16 August 2013

Falaj Daris, Nizwa, Oman

Oman might be a typical Mideast desert country at first glance, but besides oil buried beneath the ground, there's also plenty of water. To move the precious water around, the old Omanis built a complicated system of underground aqueducts called falaj. We're talking pre-iron age construction, just digging trenches, laying stones and letting gravity bring the water to your city and farm so you can sit back and be fed ripe dates day after day.

Outside of Nizwa, you can see one of the bigger falaj still doing its flowing thing.

Behold the mighty Falaj Daris.

Two more views of the falaj, bringing needed water to the masses.

There's a bathing/washing area.

Sarah, for scale, and one last look at the engineering triumph.

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