Al Gharbia Attractions


Ghayathi is famous for its fertile pastures and farms. It is originally a place of gatherings of nomadic tribes. Like its neighbor city, Sila, Ghayathi is also a known center of archaeological excavation, particularly after finding fossils dating back to eight million years ago in the area of Bogar, east of Ghayathi.

Today, Ghayathi is a small agricultural community. Its immediate surroundings are particularized by its fertility and attractive sceneries, date and vegetable farms. There are also small farms rich in herds of goats and sheep bred by some of the residents who live in nomadic-style tents. Against these vast green areas in the city, the sand dunes stretch to the surrounding areas, attracting visitors to explore and enjoy them.

There are plenty of service centers and landmarks in Ghayathi, such as Al-Dhafra Cooperative Society in the main street, an ATM, a gas station and a number of stores for general purposes in addition to two restaurants and other shops in the covered corridor of stores. Those heading south to Liwa are advised to refuel at the gas station in Ghayathi, where they can also check the vehicle’s air pressure in tires, oil level, and cooling water as there is no other rest stop on the long hot road leading to Liwa. Although there is no heavy traffic on this road, it can get dangerous as camels often wander upon it and sometimes sit and rest in the middle of the road. This is the new highway that runs in the heart of the desert and it is surrounded by fascinating sand dunes. However, drivers must be always alert during driving especially when feeling fatigue because of the heat of the sun or during the darkness of night. The residents of Ghayathi sometimes hold a market for passer-bys to exhibit great rare treasures, including original souvenirs that cannot be found in any ordinary shopping center, in addition to distinct varieties of Bedouin traditional textiles, handmade unique jewelry, camel sticks and some miscellaneous iron works.