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Friday, November 19, 2010

Musandam (Part One)


After a night's rest, we decided to go camping again. We left most of the equipment in the truck while we stayed at home on Monday. Tuesday morning, we headed out. Because we were a bit tired from the previous couple of days we got up a little late and as a result left a little later than I had originally planned.

In the past we had bad experiences with looking for a campsite in the dark and I wanted to avoid a repeat of that. To top things off, I didn't have a solid plan of where we were going apart from what our off-road map said and what I had heard from people who have been there. Ah well, things work out in the end, don't they? We got a few miles away from the border within three hours, with plenty of time to fill up the car and stop for lunch before we crossed over.

Even though Musandam is a chunk of Oman not connected to the rest of the country sticking out in the Straight of Hormuz (see the above map with Abu Dhabi and Musandam circled in red), we need our passports. We also need to go through immigration. I've heard that it usually takes about three hours to get through, but since it was a holiday, expected it to be a little longer. Without getting into too much detail, it took over three hours to get through. With a combination of bad luck choosing which line to stand in, an extra slow immigration officer, and not realizing that people were handing stacks of passports to their friends inside until too late we didn't get back in our car and on the road until after 5:00.

Fortunately, we had plenty of time to get to know the family in line in front of us who had been to the area a number of times and agreed to let us follow them to a campsite they knew. Unfortunately, the spot they were planning on was up in the mountains and with darkness quickly approaching, we didn't have time to drive up the treacherous roads. (I later realized why he didn't want to drive up in the dark.) We were able to find a nice beach that wasn't too crowded and had a hill blocking it from the road. And as another positive, it didn't have any broken glass on it.

15 comments:

  1. We found the fastest way to go to Musandam from Abu Dhabi was to take the outer ring roads. Here is our route:

    Take Route 11 to Route 75 (this is Exit 403). Go for about 8km and turn onto 301 (3/4 of the way around the roundabout). Take this for 19km until you hit 57 and go right. About 9km later you will hit 611 and go 3/4 of the way around a roundabout. Take 611 for a ways until you hit 55 and go 3/4 of the way around the roundabout. Turn right on 311. Take 311 until it hits 11. Take 11 until it hits 18 and you'll be on your way to the border. It may sound complicated, but it's not that bad. If it's too complicated for you, just take 11 all the way through the Dubai and Sharjah traffic. Let me know how that works out for you.

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  2. As far as visas, I've heard that it's generally pretty quick. We just went on a holiday which is busy. You have to go into the first building to get an exit visa. You don't need your whole family there. We had two adults and two children and I think we paid around 180 dirhams.

    Once through, you need an entry visa into Oman. You drive to a little shack and we paid 200 dirhams (credit card only; no cash!). Make sure you have all you vehicle registration in addition to your insurance policy which must include Oman.

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  3. One last thing. It's a good idea to fill up your gas tank before you hit the Omani border. There are a few gas stations about 10km before the border.

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  5. Musandam Dibbais a really easy weekend trips from Dubai. In Musandam Dibba, we stayed at the Golden Tulip hotel which was quite nice with decent food and an awesome view.

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