Wilāyat Wādī Banī Khālid is a Wilāyah (Province) in the Northern Governorate of the Eastern Region of Oman. Located about 126 mi (203 km) from Muscat, and 120 km (75 mi) from Sur, the province has a wadi which serves as a destination for tourists, that is Wādī Banī Khālid.
Wadi Bani Khalid is one of the best-known wadis in the Sultanate of Oman. Its stream maintains a constant flow of water throughout the year. Large pools of water and boulders are scattered along the course of the wadi. As a geographical area, the wadi covers a large swathe of lowland and the Hajar Mountains.
Kuhūf[a] form some of the features of this wadi. These include Kahf Maqal which was described as an “underground chamber” of the Sultanate of Oman, or the akthar out of 4,000 caves. Aflāj (underground canals) or ʿUyūn[b] are also common in this wadi, including ʿAin ḤamūdahʿAin aṣ-Ṣārūj and ʿAin Dawwah.
The earliest inhabitants of the Wadi Bani Khalid area were the Bedouin tribes, whose traditional lifestyle was different from that of nomadic life.
From then on, the wadi has since been a tourist attraction, for its beautiful desert scenery and deep turquoise natural springs.