Aflaj Irrigation Systems of Oman
|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
|Inscription||2006 (30th Session)|
The Aflaj Irrigation Systems of Oman are ancient water channels from 500 AD located in the regions of Dakhiliyah, Sharqiyah and Batinah. However, they represent a type of irrigation system as old as 5000 years in the region named as Qanat or Kariz as originally named in Persia.
"Aflaj" is the plural of "Falaj", which means "split into parts" in classical Arabic. This irrigation system effectively divided the water among all the inhabitants; it flowed by gravity from their original sources to homes and cropland. The complex included watchtowers to protect it, but also mosques and other buildings.
|Al-Katmeen||135.028 ha (0.52135 sq mi)|
|Al-Malki||600 ha (2.3 sq mi)|
|Daris||389.468 ha (1.50374 sq mi)|
|Al-Jeela||30.952 ha (0.11951 sq mi)|
|Al-Muyasser||300.501 ha (1.16024 sq mi)|
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- "Aflaj Irrigation Systems of Oman". UNESCO. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
- "Ancient irrigation system (Oman) and Palaces of Genoa (Italy) among ten new sites on World Heritage List". UNESCO. Retrieved 17 May 2015.