Bidiya visit over Eid

to the Al Salmi Library.

It was nice to visit one of my favourite parts of Oman, Bidiya, over Eid.

Bidiya Dates
Bidiya Dates

Just on the edge of the Wahiba Sands, a scattering of small Date Oasis make use of the subsurface water and oven like summer temperatures to grow some of Oman’s wonderful dates. This Eid however my visit to Bidiya was made doubly special as I enjoyed lunch with the current proprietor of the historic Al Salmi Library, Dr Abdulrahman Al Salmi.

Al Salmi Library
Al Salmi Library

After lunch, I was shown the Library whose core was established by Sheikh Nur al-Din Salmi, Dr Abdulrahman’s great-grandfather, in the early 20thc. The books are a superb resource for Islamic scholars and those interested in Oman. 

 

Author: Tony Walsh

Book author including the current Bradt guide to Oman – edition 4

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