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Mar 31, 2016 - Fjords of Oman

Khasab is in the Musandam peninsula section of Oman. The tip of the peninsula is one side of the Strait of Hormuz. And strangely enough this peninsular portion of Oman is not connected to the majority landmass of that country to the south. An area of the UAE separates those two portions of Oman ?! Khasab is a small city of about 20,000, and we did not tour the city per se. The major sightseeing attraction is the nearby fjords. No snow & ice, but lots of steep rocky mountains that plunge into the sea waters. We decided to join another tour...

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Dec 30, 2011 - The Musandam Peninsula, Oman

Dropped Mum off at the airport yesterday, came home and went to bed!!! Got up and made tea, then had a lazy evening. Today we went up into Oman. There is a peninsula north of Ras al Khaimah which belongs to Oman. Getting in was a bit of a faff because, even though we are UAE residents, we still had to get out of the car, go into the passport hall and get stamped out of UAE. This cost us AED70 (£11) then we drove on and had to get out again to get a stamp into Oman and this cost us AED100 (£16), this took about an hour in total but it was so...

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Dec 31, 2010 - New Year's Eve

Well New Year's Eve today and we are relaxing and then off to Deon and Melanie's for the evening. Not doing much today really except a run to the beer shop - going to try a new one we have heard about and then making some food to take over tonight. Lots of people have gone home and those who ahve stayed are doing something but it is pretty expensive and to be honest we would rather just have a good night in with great friends. Off to Abu Dhabi on 2nd so looking forward to that but long night ahead of us first...HAPPY NEW YEAR to all xxxxx

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Nov 11, 2010 - Last day on the dhow

We got up early to go to a fjord which is known for having lots of dolphins, and spent quite some time watching bottle-nose and humpback dolphins playing along through the fjord.  They were a joy to watch.  From there we headed to Telegraph Island, which the British established as an outpost in the 1800s in order to facilitate communication between their empires in India, Iraq and Britain.  We got to see what was left of the outpost, and snorkeled all the way around the island.  Later we stopped to snorkel above a shipwreck, but...

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UAE, & Oman 2010

Nov 8, 2010 - Around khasab and on to the dhow

We had to be packed-up and ready to leave after breakfast.  We headed out in 2 Land Cruisers to see the desert landscape and fossils.  Apparently this whole region was originally sea-bed which was pushed up by earthquakes to make mountains and plains.  As a result, there are huge sections packed with marine fossils of shells, starfish, seahorses, fish, etc.  We also ventured up into the mountains as high as 1,600 meters to look down into the valley below.  After this we stopped to see the Lock House, which is an ancient example of how they...

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UAE, & Oman 2010

Nov 7, 2010 - Khasab

As we were driving up the coast, we saw Iranian speedboats coming into Khasab to purchase goods to be smuggled back into Iran.  It's not illegal for them to be in Oman, only illegal for the to bring embargoed goods into Iran. At our hotel we met the rest of our group: Ann who is a retired geologist, and Kate & Tim have been together for 45 years & married 43 of those. Impressive! After a massive lunch in the little hotel where we're staying, we went for a tour around Khasab to see Khasab Casstle, the rock carvings at Wadi Tiwi and then we...

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UAE, & Oman 2010

May 4, 2009 - Khasab,Oman

Since we plan to spend a few days visiting Dubai,we chose not to tour at this port . This was a wise decision as at first sight it appears to be mainly a pile of rocks. Apparently,there is a new pier and harbor here but no tugboats so the captain chose to anchor off shore . After a short tender ride to shore we boarded a local bus provided as a shuttle for the Whisper passengers. Khasab is hoping to develop into a resort area and bills itself as the "Norway of the Middle East". Don't hurry to get there . It is hot and dry and totally devoid...

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May 2, 2008 - Five Thousand Years Later

Hello again - First, thanks to those of you who chimed in on our experiences in Egypt. It's great to have such reasonable and supportive friends. Now that I'm on my own the situation has changed a great deal. Instead of being immersed in the distant past, I now find myself sampling a taste of the future. I've spent the last week in Qatar, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates. Dubai, of course, is famous for the tallest building in the world, for the "Sail" hotel which is billed as the world's only 7 star hotel, and the Mall of the Emirates...

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Dec 8, 2005 - Oman

Muscat, Oman.... We docked in Muscat Oman yesterday and spent the day touring around...the Sultan that has been in power since 1970 has done an amazing job...the country is clean, no poverty among the people, and women do not have the restrictions that they have in the other Arab countries...they can wear a scarf or not and no one will bother them, they can drive, vote and be elected to government, they are very independent. The country really takes care of it's people, everyone goes to school even the Bedouin and if the person excels the...

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