Ras Madraka: The coastal wonder of the Wilayat of Duqm

Ras Madraka, in the Wilayat of Duqm in the Governorate of Al Wusta is a coastal village, characterized by its moderate weather throughout the year and by the wonderful tourist attractions that nature has created, represented in the mountainous and rocky formations overlooking the Arabian Sea on one side and the soft golden sand on the other.
It has created its distinct character creating a niche for itself as a unique tourist destination.
Ras Madraka village is located southeast of the Wilayat of Duqm. It is about 75 km away from the wilayat’s center in Wadi Sai.
It can be reached by several ways, including the 600 km road from the Governorate of Muscat to the Wilayat of Al Mudhaibi in the Governorate of North A’Sharqiyah and the Wilayat of Mahout in the Governorate of Al Wusta to the centre of Wilayat of Duqm.
People coming from the Governorates of Muscat, Musandam, North and South Al Batinah, North and South A’Sharqiyah can follow this route.
Zayed bin Juma al Junaibi, Deputy Chairman of the Municipal Council in the Governorate of Al Wusta said that Ras Madraka village is an attractive tourist place unique for its coastal character.
As a coastal village, its weather is moderate in most seasons of the year experiencing often foggy mornings. The fog covers most part of the coastal village and it’s accompanied by nice breezes thanks to the breadth of its beautiful beaches.
Al Junaibi shared that visitors can enjoy the wonderful view of the village and the blueness of the sea, as the visitor stands at the foot of the mountain. He describes Ras Madraka’s view as something one will find in a beautiful painting that embodies the overlapping of the water in the land.
Before reaching this coastal gem, visitors will first pass other villages. This includes Ras Markaz which is located five kilometers after Dhahar village. In the same way, Ras Markaz is also as picturesque boasting a beautiful scenery where the mountains and the sea overlaps.
The region witnesses a constant flow of tourist especially during summer because of its beautiful weather.
Al Junaibi explained that the village’s beautiful coast has grown popular because it extends for a long distance made even better and inviting by its soft sand. The tourists can also enjoy surfing during some period of the year as waves also get high making it a great alternative for wave riders. Because the area is rich in marine resources, fishing is also another activity one can enjoy as this part of Oman is also abundant in various types fish, in addition to many birds and some other marine creatures, such as crabs.
He added that Ras Madraka is famous for one type of tourism that is called Camping Tourism.
There are a number of government services in the village that serve the citizens and the residents directly, including health centre, school, a desalination plant, internal roads, social housing, communications network and a complex for Omani fishermen.
Al Junaibi said that residents of Ras Madraka primary source of income is fishing — a profession of utmost importance to the villagers as it is the main profession for them. Most families have father and children going to the sea together to catch fish especially during summer vacations.
The Sultanate’s Government is keen to revive and maintain this profession by paving the road leading to the beach so as to facilitate the movement of fishermen to the fishing areas. It also allows the issuance of permits to establish factories and fish refrigerators that have increased in recent years.
There are three fish factories in the village, exporting fish to the markets of the Sultanate and neighbouring countries and this is a positive plan so that fishermen can find marketing outlets close to them without the need to bother to transport fish in small cars to different markets in the Sultanate. — ONA