Muscat (ONA): The Diwan of Royal Court launched a book title (Dhofar: Monsoon Mountains to Sand Seas, Sultanate of Oman). It was lunched as part of activities of the 26th version of Muscat International Book Fair.
The book is written by Dr. Andrew Spalton and Dr.Hadi Mussalam Al Hikmani.
Dr. Al Hakmani, Wild Mammals’ Specialist Researcher and co-author of the book, told Oman news agency (ONA) that the book contains eight main chapters, in addition to a general introduction. He explained that the first chapter of the book considers the great variety of natural landscapes in the Governorate of Dhofar, from the fertile green mountains in the South to the towering sand dunes of the Empty Quarter desert in the north. Further chapters describer the diverse flora and fauna, the climate, water resources and the traditional livelihoods of the people of the Governorate of Dhofar. A final chapter considers environmental sustainability.
Dr.Andrew Spalton, author, wildlife expert and former environment affairs advisor at the Diwan of Royal Court, said that whereas Dhofar has been know since ancient times as the Land of Frankincense, it is today better know for its summer (Khareef) season. He further said “Dhofar is home to many species of wild plant and animal that are not found elsewhere in the world”.
He added that Dhofar is also home for people who have lived there for nearly 13,000 years, until the end of the twentieth century, they depended on lan and sea to provide their livelihoods. Livestock grazing was the main activity of most societies, while fishing was the principal activity of the coastal communities.
Today, the people live very modern lives but remain deeply connected to their traditional livelihoods.
The book is the first comprehensive documentation of environment diversity in the Governorate of Dhofar, documents in wonderful and rare pictures, and supported by a rich text in accurate information about plant and animal life, natural, climate and people in the region. It will be also a new addition to the Omani library, researchers, visitors and those interested in the region.
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