Documentation and Heritage Management Plan
Harat as-Sulayf, Ibri Oasis

Situated on the eastern edge of the Ibri oasis the small settlement of as-Sulayf is located in a commanding position, controlling access to the oasis from atop a rocky cliff. The well-defended position, surrounded by towers, walls and demanding topography required the construction a sophisticated water distribution system to serve the needs of the inhabitants domestically and agriculturally.

Status

Completed (2013)

Type

Documentation and Heritage Management

Location

23°12’16.41″ N
56°31’33.83″ E
Dhahira, Oman
Arabian Peninsula

Client

Ministry of Heritage and Culture,
Sultanate of Oman

About the project

The vistas of Fanja’s palm groves, still in excellent condition due to the copious amounts o water provided by the thermal waters of the Falaj al-Hammam, provide al-Hujra with an excellent view of a beautiful oasis located only about 20 minutes’ drive from Muscat.
This Heritage Management Plan, based on exhaustive documentation of the architectural heritage of Harat al-Hujra, aims at providing a sensitive yet holistic approach to the preservation of Fanja’s ancient architectural and intangible heritage. The aim is to preserve local traditions and ways of life while, at the same times, showcasing the extraordinary beauty of Oman’s oases.

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Key people

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    Prof Soumyen Bandyopadhyay

    Principal Investigator

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    Dr Giamila Quattrone

    Research Fellow

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    Dr Martin Goffriller

    Research Fellow

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    Dr Mohammad Habib Reza

    Research Fellow

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    Dr Haitham Al-Abri

    PhD student

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    Eliza Geranmayeh

    Documentation Assistant

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    Ioulia Barbouti

    Master Student

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    Konstantina Georgiadou

    Master Student

Documentation, analysis and design drawings

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