Governorates of Oman

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Governorates of Oman
محافظات عمان
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CategoryUnitary state
LocationSultanate of Oman
Number11 governorates
Populations42,111 (Al Wusta) – 1,475,795 (Muscat)
Areas1,800 km2 (695 sq mi) (Musandam) – 99,000 km2 (38,300 sq mi) (Dhofar)
GovernmentGovernorance government, National government
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Oman is divided into eleven governorates (muhafazah), and has been since 28 October 2011.[1][2][3] Each of the 11 governorates are divided into wilayat (provinces).

Governorate Arabic Main Wilayat Total Wilayat
Ad Dakhiliyah منطقة الداخلية Nizwa 8
Ad Dhahirah منطقة الظاهرة Ibri 3
Al Batinah North محافظة شمال الباطنة Sohar 6
Al Batinah South محافظة جنوب الباطنة Rustaq 6
Al Buraymi محافظة البريمي Al Buraymi 3
Al Wusta المنطقة الوسطى Haima (Hayma) 4
Ash Sharqiyah North محافظة شمال الشرقية Ibra 6
Ash Sharqiyah South محافظة جنوب الشرقية Sur 5
Dhofar محافظة ظفار Salalah 10
Muscat محافظة مسقط Muscat 6
Musandam محافظة مسندم Khasab 4

Regions and governorates before 2011[edit]

Before 28 October 2011, Oman was divided into five regions (mintaqah) and four governorates (muhafazah).[4] The governorates were Muscat, Dhofar, Buraimi and Musandam. Buraimi was created in October 2006 from parts of Ad Dhahirah Region. The regions are further subdivided into 61 wilayat. Each region has one or more regional center with a grand total of twelve.

A clickable map of Oman exhibiting its five regions and four governorates (pre-2011 administrative divisions).
Ad Dakhiliyah RegionAd DhahirahAl Batinah RegionAl BuraymiAl Wusta (Oman)Ash Sharqiyah (Oman)DhofarMusandamMuscat GovernorateA clickable map of Oman exhibiting its five regions and four governorates.
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Regions (mintaqah)
1 Ad Dakhiliyah منطقة الداخلية Nizwa 31,900 326,651 10.2 8
3 Al Batinah منطقة الباطنة Sohar 12,500 772,590 61.8 12
5 Al Wusta المنطقة الوسطى Haima (Hayma) 79,700 42,111 0.5 4
6 Ash Sharqiyah المنطقة الشرقية Sur 36,400 350,514 9.6 11
2 Ad Dhahirah منطقة الظاهرة Ibri 37,000 151,664 4.0 3
Governorates (muhafazah)
9 Muscat محافظة مسقط Muscat 3,900 1,475,795 378.4 6
8 Musandam محافظة مسندم Khasab 1,800 31,425 17.4 4
7 Dhofar محافظة ظفار Salalah 99,300 249,729 2.5 10
4 Al Buraymi[5] محافظة البريمي Al Buraymi 7,000 72,917 10.4 3
Total Oman سلطنة عمان Muscat 309,500 2,340,815 7.5 61

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Governorates of Sultanate Of Oman Archived 2013-12-08 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Seven new divisions created in Oman Archived 2013-05-24 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Seven governorates, officials named
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-08. Retrieved 2013-06-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Al Buraymi was created from parts of Ad Dhahirah on 15 October 2006 by Royal Decree 108. The combined area was 44,000 km² and the new areas are estimated.

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