Oman, Al Hamra. Mohammed Saif Alabri, aged 25, studied Engineering in Muscat where he now works in an oil refining company. His great-grandfather was the head of the village and his house was abandoned in 1996. Today that same house, which is 400 years-old, has become a museum thanks to a renovation project started by Mohammed’s family during his school years. Like many other young people in the area, he wants to make the most of the growth in tourism to preserve the old villages from total abandonment. He tells me how, in that region, many old houses are now being turned into tourist accommodation thanks to the initiative of young locals. He himself is involved in this activity at weekends. The economy of the village, which is not inhabited today, was based on farming, agriculture and trade.
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