Ibri belongs to the Dhahira region in Oman and is also one of the sites of the country’s earliest human habitation. Today, Ibri has a population of over 100,000 and is also the regional capital. Ibri has long been a strategic crossroad between Oman and the other Gulf states as it lies in almost equal distance to Muscat, Dubai and Abu Dhabi (between 220 and 330 km). as well as between Nizwa in the Omani interior and Sohar on the Omani Gulf coast (both less than two hours drive from Ibri). Given its strategic location, Ibri has a long history as a trade route for caravans, hence its name which means “point of transit".
Due to its proximity to the world's largest sand desert, appropriately named the “Empty Quarter”, Ibri has a desert climate with very low humidity. During the winter months from November through March, Ibri enjoys relatively cool weather with temperatures ranging between 18 and 30 degree celsius (low 60s to mid 80s, Fahrenheit), which at times can even drop to a relatively ‘chilly’ 10 degrees. There might be some rainfall in February and March, however, during the season when the dates are harvested, from May to September, temperatures can reach 30 to 50 degrees with very little rainfall, thus almost everywhere you go you'll find air conditioning.
Ibri boasts a number of historic sites, most prominent among them is the 400-year old Ibri fort and its famous gates known as “Sabahat”, located right beside the well-preserved old suq of Ibri. Inside the fort there is an old mosque where Friday congregational prayers are held. Amongst the most prominent archeological sites in and near Ibri is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bat with its prehistoric beehive tombs
Ibri’s suq is one of the largest, most important and prominent suqs both for the Dhahira region and historically for Oman; it once served as an important hub for the trading caravans of the past. Today it's still lively and animated throughout the week with local produce, ready-made goods and livestock being bought and sold daily; whilst also being engulfed by some beautiful, traditional Arabic-Islamic architecture.
*Please note that Oman is a very conservative society where the consumption of alcohol, smoking in public, dating and excessive contact between the sexes as well as immodest behavior, dress and language are frowned upon. For the sake of your linguistic and cultural success here we urge you to respect Oman’s culture and traditions in this regard.