The UAE and Oman’s 3000-Year Old Irrigation System

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Walk through a village in Oman, and you’ll see pure, channeled water flowing in the streets and between houses. Some areas in Oman have over 50 working falaj. The post The UAE and Oman’s 3000-Year Old Irrigation System appeared first on Green Prophet.

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The Ultimate Oman Travel Guide

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Oman is known as a hidden gem in the Arabian Peninsula, a beautiful and very safe place to travel to. The best part is that Oman has preserved its heritage and ethnic values so well that it gives us a chance to experience the Arabic Kingdom without any distortions caused by modernization and excessive luxury. My own trip to Oman. I was actually visiting Dubai when I heard about how beautiful Oman was. One of the most picturesque places one can visit in Oman.

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Geoscientists Say Oman is Sinking and Shrinking

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Scientists discover that every year Oman loses a little bit more of its landmass to rising sea levels. Already geoscientists from the German University of Technology have noted that in certain parts of the Gulf country Oman – the landmass is sinking and shrinking, Gulf News reports. Oman is not alone. It was also noted that Oman could be hit with a tsunami.

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Oman’s Sustainable GU Tech Campus Scoops Coveted Construction Prize

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Oman is a small nation bordering Abu Dhabi on the Arabian peninsula; it has a long coastline and one of the largest populations of endangered Loggerhead turtles on earth. The first German university on the peninsula, the new campus recently scooped Commercial Project of the Year at Oman’s 2013 Construction Week Awards. Ernst Hoehler and Muhammad Al Salmy are the progressive brains behind Hoehler & Partner LLC in Oman’s capital Muscat.

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New Arabian Humpback Whale Located in Oman

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The Arabian and Persian Gulf waters off countries like Abu Dhabi, Iran, and Oman are home to a number of different types of marine animals. As reported recently in the English edition of the global Arab Network, a species of the Humpback whale, now known as the Arabian Sea Humpback Whale, have been located in the Arabian Gulf waters off Oman. Travel & Nature Abu Dhabi animals Iran Oman WhalesAn Arabian humpback whale : newly discovered and already imperiled?

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Eco-Crusader Frees Trapped Turtle in Oman (Video)

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Most tourists who visit Oman’s Gulf coast are treated to pristine views and sparkling waters, but Ray Montoya, an American angler and art teacher living in Muskat, produces YouTube videos that show another side to the country. Thousands of dolphins, turtles, and other marine mammals die each year in Oman as a result of manmade debris, Ray says in the introduction to the YouTube video that has received a surprising response from viewers all over the world.

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Nilofar – Oman’s New Meteorological Nemesis

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Although the tropical cyclone Nilofar has been veering away from Oman’s coast downwind towards Pakistan and India, it had inundated the infrastructure of several areas in the country, including Muzra, Dabab, Al Khabourah, Al Seeb, Al Khoud, Rusayl, Jalan, Sur and Al Ashkara. In response, The Royal Oman Police issued multi-lingual pictorial advisories to the public to remain safe and to avoid crossing overflowing valleys.

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Ship Carrying Thick Black Bitumen Sinks off Oman’s Pristine Coast

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A ship carrying thick black bitumen sank off the coast of Oman on Sunday and its contents are now floating on the Gulf of Oman – about 40km east of the capital Muscat. The coast guard transported the sailors to the Royal Oman Police Hospital for care, according to Gulf News. The ministry called on private companies to help contain the spill to ensure that it would do minimum damage to Oman’s pristine marine environment and nearby desalination plants.

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Oman succeeds in first leg replacement for an Arabian Tahr

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The first prosthetic leg replacement procedure for an Arabian Tahr has been carried out in Oman by an Omani veterinary team, the first such surgery successfully performed in the Arab World. According to a statement released by the Oman News Agency, the veterinary team of the General Directorate of Veterinary Services at the Royal Court Affairs carried out the procedure on a wounded Tahr after its hind leg was severely fractured, causing irreparable damage to its tissue and blood supply.

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Bottom Trawlers In Oman Get The Boot

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But in Oman, they no longer have to. Bottom trawlers were forced to set sail after Oman effected its ban on this destructive “fishing&# practice. A small Gulf country that borders the United Arab Emirates, Oman is renowned for its incredible coral reefs and marine diversity. Oman is the first Gulf country to officially ban bottom trawling. The Times of Oman reports that local fishermen are deeply relieved that the trawlers are gone.

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Communities in Oman Face Growing Risk of Floods

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Due to the threat of flooding, communities in low-lying valleys in Oman are being encouraged to relocate. It may be a hot and dry country most of the year but Oman, like Saudi Arabia , is prone to flash flooding. In November 2011, around 14 people were reported to have been killed and more than 200 more injured after flash floods hit Oman. The year before, a tropical storm killed 50 people in Oman. Geoscientists Say Oman is Sinking and Shrinking.

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Red Tide Blooms Threaten Gulf of Oman, Shut Down Kalba Desalinization Plants

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The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Environment and Water indicates that red tide may be present in the waters of the Gulf of Oman. Travel & Nature Gulf of Mexico manatee Oman pollution red tide United Arab Emirates United StatesIs red tide a man-made pollutant or a natural phenomenon? Is it a plant, animal or chemical? The answer is all of the above.

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Inspired by Oman Caves: Take Green Prophet’s Plastic Bag Challenge!

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Swimming in Aqaba, I had to slap away submerged plastic, but a story coming out of Oman makes me want to slap something else. About a 3-hour drive out of Muscat on Oman’s Selma Plateau, a modest crack in the earth draws spelunkers, and trash, and most recently, trash-collecting spelunkers. Then try for one month, one year… Lifestyle & Culture Travel & Nature activism biodegrable bags Oman plastic bags plastic bottles recycling trash

Following Oman Success, GlassPoint Wants to be the IKEA of Solar

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Last year Oman inaugurated a 7MW solar pilot plant that produces steam to loosen thick, stubborn oil. Petroleum Development Oman has since hailed the four acre complex of glass houses a scorching success, and the supplier GlassPoint is preparing to become the “Ikea of solar,” Forbes reports. No details have been released but industry insiders speculate that Oman could invest a further $1.5

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Terra Nex to Help Oman Build its own Solar Supply Chain

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Fossil-fueled til 2004, Oman is now making bold moves into solar. The Sultanate of Oman, despite its small population of under 3 million, is forming an unusual partnership arrangement with Terra Nex for financing and project development of solar infrastructure capabilities locally. As recently as 2004, Oman’s electricity was entirely fossil-fueled. Astonfield Renewable Resources to Help Oman Tap 200 MW of Solar.). For Oman, this third step is a very smart move.

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Nader Khalili-inspired Eco Resort in Oman Wins Big Accolades at WAF

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A Nader Khalili -inspired earthen eco resort in southern Oman designed by SSH International won first prize in the Future Projects – Leisure led development category of this year’s World Architecture Festival. SSH is working with the American University of Beirut to monitor the climatic conditions inside the new building, which will be used as an educational tool for academic institutions in Oman.

GlassPoint Uses Solar Mirrors to Loosen Dirty Oil in Oman

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California-based GlassPoint Solar has installed an unconventional concentrating solar power (CSP) plant in Oman. Commissioned by Petroleum Development Oman, GlassPoint has applied technology similar to that used by Areva and Abengoa to generate electricity, except there are a few fundamental differences.

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Arab Nations De-Vesting in Oil to Invest in Renewables

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With Aramco now mentioning climate change and looking to lower their greenhouse gas emissions and Petroleum Development Oman’s investment in new projects , the future of renewable energy throughout the region is bright. Technology carbon tax fossil fuel Oman renewable energy solar power wind energyCountries with fossil fuel-dependent economies are making a marked shift towards renewable energy. See Arab loan to fund renewables.

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New solar energy plant in the desert? Don’t disturb the soil

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Much of Oman is desert, but the Arabian Sea coast in the Dhofar region represents a startling difference in climate. Energy Nature Technology desert desert agriculture Oman renewable energy Solar Energy United States wind turbinesSolar power plants in the desert make use of wasted land, right? Think again. The desert soil has a complex network of pores in its unique soil. This takes hundreds, maybe thousands of years to create.

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Sinbad the Sailor’s Home Threatened by Rising Seas and Bad Development

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One of the tales, the actual hometown of Sinbad, may be lost from over-development and rising seas in Oman. The sea coasts of Oman and the Arabian Gulf are those where fishermen still practice their trade in wooden sailing dhows and rare species of whales play offshore from the rugged Oman seacoasts. This not only affects countries like Oman that face oceans, but also more enclosed bodies of water like the Mediterranean Sea.

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Solar-powered plane’s round-the-world journey underway!

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Design Energy Abu Dhabi flight Oman pilot solar solar plane solar power We’ve all heard of the benefits of solar power and the emergence of innovative new projects that are making use of the sun’s energy. But one is soaring above the rest of them – a solar-powered plane attempting to fly round the world!

Israel’s Captain Sunshine a CNN Green Pioneer

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Other Green Pioneers include a princess from Oman, Princess Sayyida Tania Bint Shabib Al Said who is leading efforts to preserve Oman’s nature reserves and turtle populations. “It Travel & Nature Arava Power CNN Israel media Oman Solar EnergySee two green pioneers from the Middle East featured on CNN this weekend.

Marine Drones Wanted to Clean the Gulf Seas from Plastic

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In the Red Sea , Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Aden, dumping untreated sewage and Industrial waste directly into the sea is unfortunately an extensive practice, but an additional recent threat is the increasing number of landfill sites located near the coast which are resulting in considerable plastic pollution near coasts and coral reefs. This Marine Drone could clean up our dirty work. Can a wealthy Saudi fund this prototype to clean our seas?

Browning Greens for Sustainable Golf in the Middle East

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Golfers love sunshine, warm dry air and a chance to schmooze business, and Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the Sultanate of Oman have developed dozens of top-flight courses to meet demand. Lifestyle & Culture carbon footprint Jordan Middle East Oman sport waterBisharat Golf Course in Jordan is a golfer’s green gone brown, including biodegradable golf balls.

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Hunting for Fossil Rock in the Arabian Desert

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I’ve always known that much of the Arabian peninsular mountains, especially those in the United Arab Emirates and Oman were at one point in time, millions of years ago, under the ocean. Geographically, this area lays where the desert sands meet the mountain rocks of the Western Hajar mountain range that begin at Maleiha (Sharjah) and continues onto the Eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates and Oman before they spill into the Gulf of Oman.

Arab Spring May Boost Chance for Desertec Solar Power

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In an earlier Green Prophet article, the five ideal MENA countries for building solar energy plants are Egypt, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. Cleantech, Science & Technology Arab Spring Desertec Egypt green investing green tech Jordan Oman Saudi Arabia Solar Energy United Arab EmiratesPolitical stability, as well as sunshine is needed for Desertec solar projects.

Interview: SolarReserve For the MENA Region?

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“We do have projects in development,” he said, “in Morocco, and Algeria and Saudi Arabia, Oman, which we’re looking at. He told me that among other projects Solar Reserve is looking at in Morocco, and Algeria and Oman, they are also looking at a possible Saudi Arabian project too. This week I spoke to Kevin Smith, the CEO of SolarReserve, the U.S.

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Export Oil, Import Water = Risky Economics for Middle East

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The MENA region is most at risk, with the most water-stressed countries being Bahrain (1), Qatar (2), Kuwait (3), Libya (4) Djibouti (5), UAE (6), Yemen (7), Saudi Arabia (8), Oman (9) and Egypt (10), according to the Maplecroft Water Stress Index 2012. The definition of Middle East used in the OECD/World Bank figures is Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, UAE, Yemen, but not Israel or OPT.

Travellers want trains – but what is the Middle East doing about it?

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Cars & Transportation airplanes Amman Bahrain Cairo Climate Change damascus eco-tourism Egypt global warming Gulf countries Israel Istanbul Jordan Kuwait Lebanon Mecca Middle East Morocco Oman Qatar railways Saudi Arabia Syria train trains transportation Tunisia Turkey United Arab EmiratesIstanbul – a major hub for train travel across the Middle East.

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GE Energy Shows MENA Region How to Reduce Gas Flaring

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GE Energy demonstrates its Jenbacher gas engine at the Gas Arabia Summit 2011 in Oman today. So – on Gas Flaring Reduction Day in Oman today, GE Energy is making a presentation of its technology to solve it. Business & Politics Energy clean technology environment gas flaring GE Energy MENA Oman pollution United StatesThe extent of the global problem of gas flaring can be seen in this satellite photo of North America, that is quite bewildering at first sight.

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UK hiking holiday specialist heads for Lebanon

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Ramblers Worldwide have long included Jordan, Morocco, Oman and other Middle East and North African destinations on their itineraries, although some scheduled trips to Egypt and Syria have been disrupted by recent political events in the region. Travel & Nature Beirut Climate Change cycling eco-tourism Egypt global warming Jordan Lebanon Middle East Morocco Oman sustainable travel Syria transportation travel

The State of The Middle East’s Oceans – A Report

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The top scorers from the region are Oman , the United Arab Emirates and Israel – they all scored 63 out of a hundred and were ranked at 26 on the global index. Travel & Nature Algeria biodiversity Israel marine biodiversity marine destruction ocean OmanFind out how Middle Eastern and North African nations fared in the recent global Ocean Health Index (I’ll give you a clue – not very well).

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Middle East Destination Tops Ethical Tourism Sales

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She also emphasised that as well as the Egyptian and Turkish destinations which appeared in its top ten, ResponsibleTravel.com sells tours and accommodation in a range of other Middle Eastern countries including Yemen, Palestine, Oman, Iran and Syria. Travel & Nature eco-tourism Egypt environment green travel Iran Middle East Oman Palestine Syria tourism transportation travel Turkey YemenResponsibleTravel.com customers on holiday in Egypt. Feluccas and Pharoahs, a popular trip.

Rapid Gulf Growth Wrecking Ecological Havoc – Says Canada

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Climate Energy Bahrain Gulf region Iran Iraq Kuwait oil Oman pollution Qatar resource curse Saudi Arabia the United Arab EmiratesExtremely valuable oil and parched dry sand is proving to be a lethal combination for the Gulf region, according to a Canadian report out of the University of Toronto.

Holy Cow! Omani fishermen catch cattle from sunken ship

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A cargo ship bound for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with about 350 cattle on board sank off the south coast of Oman mid-afternoon last Saturday. The men’s shock was short-lived, as they soon learned that the cows were survivors of a sunken vessel in Oman territorial waters. Several grainy pictures appeared on social media and in local newspapers in Oman and Saudi Arabia showing the fishermen with their unusual catch. “It

Omani Man Turns Palm Leaf Waste into Paper

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Lacking the necessary raw materials has been a major barrier to any kind of paper industry in Oman, but that could change if a young inventor commercializes his patented palm leaf waste to paper technology. The young inventor dreams of establishing a paper industry in Oman, which would boost the Sultanate’s economy and mitigate the need for imports. Barami estimates that a successful scaled manufacturing plant could cover 30 per cent of Oman’s current demand for paper.

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Loggerhead Turtles: Omani Kids Hit Masirah Island to Protect World’s 2nd Largest Population

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Oman is a small and increasingly popular country that borders Abu Dhabi , the home of Masdar City and the Shams 1 concentrated solar power plant , and it is hosts the world’s second largest population of Loggerhead Turtles. Enter the Environment Society of Oman’s fourth annual Masirah festival. We are delighted to support ESO for this unique project to help preserve wildlife in Oman,” Daniel Blanchard, general manager, BP Oman told Muscat Daily.

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Middle Eastern Green Traditions Hold Key To Future – A Case Study

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The event brought cases from Jordan, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar, that showcase community adaptation practices and explored the challenges of integrating traditional knowledge with other modern adaptation tools and approaches. Case Study 2: Oman’s Aflaj Water Channels. The Aflaj is a water management system created in many parts of the Arab world and is still active in Oman. There are 3,017 remaining active Aflaj in Oman.

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Saudi activist killed trying to stop mega city Neom

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What the world needs is more practical thinking like Oman , that is attempting to make walkable towns and cities with agriculture and nature in mind. Abdul-Rahim al-Howeiti, tribal activists allegedly shot dead by Saudi police for refusing to leave his home. Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Falcons on a plane. Check. Journalists silenced. Check.

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It feels like spring….

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It’s actually found in a wadi in the United Arab Emirates, in the mountains between Dubai and the Gulf of Oman. Do try and get it right) is found from the Canary Islands to India; in the Middle East it is found in oases and dry barely vegetated wadis like the one I saw them in, in the drier areas of Syria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, UAE and Iran. …so here’s a post about some birds at a spring. Okay, that’s a fairly weak way to start a post. I’m sorry.

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Loggerhead Turtles: Omani Kids Hit Masirah Island to Protect World’s 2nd Largest Population

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Oman is a small and increasingly popular country that borders Abu Dhabi , the home of Masdar City and the Shams 1 concentrated solar power plant , and it is hosts the world’s second largest population of Loggerhead Turtles. Enter the Environment Society of Oman’s fourth annual Masirah festival. We are delighted to support ESO for this unique project to help preserve wildlife in Oman,” Daniel Blanchard, general manager, BP Oman told Muscat Daily.

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Could new rules finally curb shark finning in the UAE?

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Fishermen will still be able to import sharks from Oman and Yemen, which is currently common practice according to The National, but detailed paperwork, which includes a certificate or origin, the shark’s scientific name, and a health certificate, will be required before those sharks can be exported to other countries. Will sharks coming from Oman and other countries be slowed down because of the paperwork?

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Aflaj: Ancient Channels Keep Water Flowing In The Desert

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In the arid landscapes of Oman and the United Arab Emirates , water has always been a huge issue. It’s a tried and tested method which helps conserve water and is still used around the world today in places such as the Sahara desert and Oman. Aflaj are still widespread in Oman where there are currently 4,112 such channels with an annual flow of 680 million cubic metres.

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