Middle East  | 22/02/2016

Rivers of Life in OMAN

Falaj is an Arabic word that refers to the water channels that forms an irrigation system. A single channel is called Falaj, and aflaj is named when these life rivers collected water from aquifers and springs of the nearby mountains.

This channel system was used more than 2000 years ago to carry water from the mountainous areas to the villages and farmland. Benefiting from the natural slope and along underground tunnels that flowed to surface channels, the water system worked to supply the population, at same time that farmers received quotas to irrigate their crops.

Some Aflaj are still used today irrigating onions fields, garlic and other agricultural products as well as the palm trees that produce the famous Omani dates, appreciated worldwide for its high quality.

The Aflaj is a clear example of human adaptation to a harsh environment such as the desert of the Arabian Peninsula.



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