We have fallen in love with our neighboring country, Oman. We were fascinated with their gorgeous white houses, and a morning walk at their corniche was full of wonderful photo opportunities. We are inspired by the natural beauty of Oman, so much so that we decide to drive all the way again.
As you can see, Musamdam is a peninsula totally cut-off from the rest of Oman.
We start our journey from Sharjah, drove towards Ras al Khaimah (the same Emirate where we went to photograph a ghost town) taking the road E18, and arrive at the UAE-Oman border in less than three hours. We also stop for a quick breakfast along the way.
Unlike the pathetic-looking passport control office in Hatta, the immigration office on the UAE border is pretty impressive. However, unlike in Hatta where we didn’t pay anything to exit the country, we are asked to pay 35 dirhams each for exit stamps at this border. The passport control office on the Oman side of the border consisted of a couple of small cabins (unlike their huge building in Hatta). Omani visa costs 50 dirhams.
I notice that one family is having a problem with the immigration officer because they have brought along their dog.
Gorgeous, breathtaking scenery unfolds right in front of our very eyes the moment we enter Musandam. I am tempted to pull the car over and stop to take a billion photographs. It is 10 am now, the light not so ideal for photography. But we stop anyway; the place is too beautiful to describe in words.
We do not stay overnight in Khasab (the capital of Musandam). We leave the city at dusk. Oh, and somewhere along these same roads, the street lamps are out, so one has to really drive carefully. I wonder why the authorities haven’t done anything to fix this issue yet.