I was so excited when I got to “sleep in” on the Tuesday! I got out of bed at 8am and had a lazy morning of showering, doing my hair and packing before we left for our trip to Khasab in Oman.
On our way out of Abu Dhabi we went past a few of the palaces. Unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to take any pics as that could have seen me spending some time in prison. And unfortunately I couldn’t see most of the palaces as they were behind tall walls, but I can say that they must be huge as their properties are each the size of a large surburbian block.
We then made our way onto Saadiyat Island so I could see the Yas Marina circuit and the Ferrari World theme park. The pic on the right of the starting grid was taken through the plexi-glass on the bridge hence the blue tinge.
Don’t you just love this dustbin-bicycle contraption! The country is so pedantic about cleanliness that there are street-sweepers at every corner. This contraption was only spotted on Saadiyat Island though, not in Abu Dhabi itself.
We then made our way to the IKEA store. I just had to go in as it’s apparently quite an experience as you are guided through the store in such a way that you see absolutely every item they have to offer. This is not good if you, like me, are a keen shopper battling the “I wants”. So I spent the next 30 minutes oohing and aahing over everything and mentally placing objects in a house that I don’t even own. It was awesome! And to top it all off, I bought us a hotdog-and-drink combo that cost me a total of R16.00!! And it included a free drink refill! I was in bargain heaven!
So we took our free refill and continued on our road trip. We travelled through Dubai and onto Ras Al Khaimah (RAK). We got lost in RAK as the map we were following said we needed to be on the E11 but no E11 could be spotted. Luckily my mom has a keen sense of direction and we managed to get onto the right road which led to the UAE/Oman border post. After about 20 minutes sorting out entry and exit visas, we were in the Sultanate of Oman.
Technically we were in the Musandam region of Oman as it is separated from the rest of Oman by the UAE. It’s location gives Oman partial control of the Strait of Hormuz.
We stopped quite a bit on the way to our hotel as there were so many gorgeous pics to take.
A little further on our journey we stopped at Bukha Fort. This fort was built in the early 17th century and was later restored/renovated in 1990. It was the west coast’s main line of defence as it had a great view of both the land and the sea. Apparently the main watchtower’s unusual pear-shape was believed to repel cannonballs and other projectiles better than the normal convention straight-sided towers.
After this little walkabout, we got back in the car and continued on the winding coastal road. The sea was on its best behaviour showing us several shades of enticing turquoise. The mountains were just amazing to look at. And we stopped at each town to take a pic of the houses or the fishing boats. There was so much to see. And so much that was captured to memory because the pics just don’t do any justice.
After all the stopping and pic taking, we arrived at our hotel, The Golden Tulip, around 16h30. We were quickly checked-in and given a gorgeous room on the fourth floor which allowed for breathtaking views of the hotel as well as the Arabian Gulf and the main town of Khasab.
We quickly changed and went downstairs for a swim. After cooling ourselves down, we went back up to our room to chill a bit before dinner and bed.
*Day 5’s adventure to come soon…
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