We recently went to Khasab, Oman, to take a dhow ride through the “fjords of Arabia.” This part of Oman is called the Musandam Peninsula and is separated from the rest of Oman (where Muscat is located) by a bit of the UAE.
Near the Omani border, there were tons of goats and cows roaming the shop lined streets in the UAE towns past Ras al Khaimah. Okay, so this picture of a lone goat doesn’t do the teeming goat population justice, but I was still excited to capture one while we drove because by the time my camera went “click” the pack was always out of the frame.
There is a big dusty cement factory right before the border. The hustle and bustle of the workers and trucks stood in stark contrast to the Omani side of the border. As soon as you make it across (getting out in both countries to show paper work and pay the equivalent of $100), you definitely feel you are somewhere new. The road is sandwiched between the turquoise water of the ocean lapping on to the pavement, and the stark, craggy cliffs. It feels blissfully remote, a welcome break from the urban feel of Dubai. Follow the winding road a bit and you’ll come upon one of the dhow operators.
Here are some pics from the outing.