- This article is about Ibra the place. For alternate meanings: see IBRA .
() is the second largest city in the Ash Sharqiyah Region
. It is located about 140 km (1.5 hours) from Muscat
and has a population estimated at 35,000 people.
Ibra is one of the oldest cities in Oman and was once a centre of trade, religion, education and art. The city acquired its importance as an important meeting point at the base of the Ash Sharqiya.
Historian do not agree on the origins of the name of the city. Some suggest it is derived from the Arabic verb () which means a purification of guilt.
Ibra predates the Prophet Muhammed's calling. The city contains many castles and old mousques.
Ibra has become a more modern city since 1970 under the reign of Sultan Qaboos
. Improvements include connections to Muscat via a two-lane highway, which has increased tourism. Communications have been improved to include broadband access, and there is now a substantial hospital. Ibra provides three choices of higher education: Ibra College of Technology, Ibra Nursing Institute, and beginning in the fall of 2010, . There are now two hotels in Ibra, and tourism is promoted in the area.
Geography and climate
Mountains surround Ibra on every side, and there is some outstanding mountain scenery close by. From November to March, the climate is cold, with temperatures dropping as low as 10 C in December. In the summer, the climate is hot and dry, with temperatures... Read More