A millenarian water rights system and water markets in Oman

Slim Zekri*, Ahmed Salim Al-Marshudi

*Corresponding author for this work

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Centuries ago, water scarcity in Oman led to the development of a system of water allocation based on water rights, the falaj. Both the existence of water rights and the management system largely explain why the falaj system has continued to exist for centuries. This paper addresses the falaj from a management point of view to show what makes this community-managed institution successful compared to other water associations. The second part of the paper considers the opportunity and requirements to open up the water market for transfers to domestic uses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)350-360
Number of pages11
JournalWater International
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2008


  • Falaj
  • Groundwater
  • Oman
  • Small holders
  • Water rights

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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