The Omani Goats

I love goats. They’re smelly, curious creatures that nibbles on practically anything, but they’re cute. I had posted about the goats I’d photograph at a farm in Sharjah few months ago. Today, I’m posting about their neighborsβ€”the Omani goats. While the Emirati goats were living happily (or so they seemed) within the safe confines of their fences, their Omani friends can be found roaming freely around town.

I have never thought that the day would come where I’d be very excited to post about goats. This is what happens when one stays in the city for so long. But photographing Omani goats was so much fun. They’re everywhere. Even on mountain tops that are barren.

Or maybe they just love the view from up there. They move in groups so that if one of them climbs up some mountain, the rest of the gang follows suit. Reminds me of some women who do not go to the restroom alone; they have to go in groups.

Anyway, have you seen the Lion King? Simba climbs up a pointy rock to rule the jungle. He chooses the location for two reasons: the view is great, and the wind blows nicely so that his mane flows gorgeously (in slow motion) while the cameras roll. Well, some Omani goats believe they are Simba.

Can you spot the-goat-who-thinks-it-is-Simba in the picture above?

And does this post even have a point?


  1. A childhood secret πŸ˜› I always had a soft corner (maybe better said loved) goats. I used to go to our village and feed the goats in there. πŸ˜€ These days I hardly see goats. You know, goats don’t like traffic I guess.

    1. Feeding goats is fun!

      Yes, Sajib, goats hate traffic. Actually they hate the city life in general; there aren’t much interesting stuff to nibble on here πŸ˜€

  2. Lol.. finding the Simba goat was fun! hehe I found it in six seconds πŸ˜‰ Oh so I believe.. I can so relate your fascination with goats!
    Can you imagine I have never been up close to one before in my entire life till I stepped into Karachi and that too during Bakra Eid! haha I was overjoyed seeing these furry creatures all over the place.. And no douct they are really cute!

    1. What a timely arrival in karachi! LOL

      You finally got the opportunity to see all the goats you had missed since your childhood πŸ˜€

      And congrats on finding Simba the goat πŸ˜‰

  3. Yes. Your post has a point. And yes. I LOVE YOUR POST!!! my first pet was a goat. a memna, bakri ka bacha. My first love at first sight as a toddler i believe!
    love you for writing this silly piece. Yet very important one. :p welcome to my group of writers.

      1. Thanks Pervisha!

        So we had an extensive exchange of messages in Facebook on this bakrey waala post. Can’t wait to see your marhooma bakri’s picture πŸ™‚

        I don’t think I’ll ever see Simba bakri again; she lives to far away in Oman. Maybe I’ll Tweet your salaam to her πŸ˜‰

  4. Wow! You guys are so good at spotting goats while I’m having a harder time here πŸ™‚ Is that the one near the flag?

    Like this post! Beautiful pic of mountains and your references are funny πŸ™‚

  5. Mezba’s comment made me laugh πŸ˜€

    Of course this post has a point, otherwise my sloth post wouldn’t either! Did you guys play ‘spot the goat’? I like making everything into a competition to see who can find more and I would totally done that if around all these goats lol.

  6. Salam,

    Was researching info about Dubai and came across your blog. It is so lovely to learn such wonderful information and prettily put across with colorful it! I am moving to Dubai from Australian in a couple of weeks time. Look forward to reading more from you.

    Kind regards,

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