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Sultanate Ep 012: Tigers, Caves, and Majlis al Jinn

January 6, 2017

Majlis al Jinn Cave

There are a ton of caves in Oman of all sizes. Majlis al Jinn is the largest and most unique, but thousands of other caves dot the countryside and make for some interesting surprises if you happen to have a look. This month I share with you a taste from both sides of the cave spectrum.

Majlis al Jinn, Roo WaltersRichard “Roo” Walters is an amateur cave explorer who is on a mission to laser scan the world’s largest cave chambers. He recently scanned Oman’s largest chamber, Majlis al Jinn, and I was keen to talk with him for a few reasons. Firstly, the Majlis is off limits to visitors so it’s rare to meet an adventurer who descended to the darkness. Secondly, I wanted to get his opinion and experience from inside the cave. Roo has visited all the large chambers in the world and can give us good comparison. Lastly, lasers are cool and the data they record can give curious adventurers like us the best view since we can’t go ourselves.

Lasers and restricted caves are fun and all, but Mohammed Said Ali brings us back to earth when he shows me his cave in Dhofar and tells me about the “tigers” (Arabian leopards) that can eat twenty of his goats in one night. I never met anybody who owned a cave before I met Mohammed.

So, join me as I take you across the sultanate and into the caves!

Lasers, Caves, Tigers and ghosts… What name do you give the Bond villain in this script? Tell me in the comments below.




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Majlis al Jinn Facts

NameMajlis al Jinn
MeaningMeeting Place of the Spirits
Local NameKhoshilat Maqandeli
Number of access points3
Access meansRappel (118-158 meters)
Access authorityOff limits - government
Chamber length310 meters
Chamber width225 meters
Chamber height120 meters
Ranking (by volume)5th largest in the world

Majlis al Jinn is located up on Selmah Plateau, and there is a lot to explore up the mountain. In these two related posts I describe the Salmah Plateau more in-depth, and show you the wonderful Jaylah Tower Tombs:

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Majlis al Jinn Location


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  • Reply Katherine Jones January 12, 2017 at 1320

    Great to see Majlis on your site!

    • Reply D. Michael January 12, 2017 at 1452

      Thanks Kathrine! And thanks for the email subscription and snapping the pic of Roo and myself. Please share it around.

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