Blogs from Buraimi, Oman, Middle East


Middle East » Oman » Buraimi December 14th 2014

Last weekend, we visited Jebel Shams in Oman. Jebel means mountain in Arabic, so basically we visited a large mountain called Shams! I also happen to have a dear friend called Shams from dental school, so the name was particularly amusing for me. I was uber unprepared for this trip. For starters, I had just gotten back from a trip to Goa, India the previous weekend and had a week full of work ahead of me before embarking on this particular trip. During that week, I had so many deadlines to catch up on that I was barely aware of what region we were visiting, and this is rare for me. I'm usually the most detailed traveler. The trip to Jebel Shams happened because of my mom's kitty group. Her kitty group usually takes turns hosting ... read more
On our way to Jebel Shams
The famous Omani Canyons
View from the top of Jebel Shams

Middle East » Oman » Buraimi February 14th 2010

Driving from Abu Dhabi to Al Ain, you enter into Oman through the shared border town of Buraimi. A tall, curled, barbed wire fence lets you know you are approaching the border line...well the first exit post. However a further half hour plus drive out of Buraimi and into the mountians, finds the desolate location of the Oman border post. The approach is from the flat desert sands.. the odd crumbled down shop or residence along the way... locals squatting by the road hitching rides...trucks & utes with camels and goats , not an unusual sight. So it is unusual that all of a sudden you come across the Oman border buildings, striking as the only buildings amongst this vast desert landscape....Imposing, it feels like you are in some movie...surreal... border personnel, lines of trafic awaiting ... read more
mosque in desert
desert town
desert town

Middle East » Oman » Buraimi May 31st 2008

A two hour road trip to Oman was just what I needed to remind me that I am a world away from home. We crossed the border to Oman and found ourselves haggling for antiques in stores with no air conditioning, drinking cokes out of bottles that cost about 30 cents from the local coffee shop, and eating hummus and cherries for lunch on the top of the only mountain in the entire country. ... read more
Um...that's a goat
Getting a good deal!
Cheap stuff makes me happy

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