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Dhaid and Dibba

Well, so I finally ventured out side of Dubai emirate. (I also briefly drove into the Sultanate of Oman, but got scared, since my car is not insured in Oman, and so I only made it about 500m.) I took Lonely Planet at its word, Allah knows why, and went to Dibba, "the most beautiful part of the emirates." And, guess what: it was. Or, well, I should say it was beautiful. I've only seen now Dubai, Sharjah and Fujairah. But so these are some of the pics. Dhaid is a city in Sharjah emirate and Dibba is in Fujairah. I stopped for a fan in Dhaid, and then spent the afternoon wandering around Dibba, which is a really cool little town on the Arabian Sea. The sand is black, which makes it look filthy, but it's not: it's just black. The water was a bit murky, so I only just jumped in. Too many opportunities for sharks to hide in murky water.


The best thing about Dibba was the doors of the compounds in the old part of town. My God, so beautiful. I took a littl walk, at afternoon prayer, through a beautiful Pakistani neighborhood too. Really beautiful. And I do believe I was the only westerner in town, and you know how special we westerners feel when we are the only ones in town. I saw a Western woman in Oman, but that doesn't count.

This was some monument to Arabia off the highway by Sharjah
This was some monument to Arabia off the highway by Sharjah
The botanical garden at the Sharjah Natural History Museum, a nice museum.
The botanical garden at the Sharjah Natural History Museum, a nice museum.
The Sharjah Natural History Museum
The Sharjah Natural History Museum
The mosque by the roundabout in Dhaid
The mosque by the roundabout in Dhaid
A tree
A tree
Downtown Dhaid, just before I bought my fan
Downtown Dhaid, just before I bought my fan
The guy who sold me my rugs. I paid way too much for my rugs. That's my car behind him.It's a Mitsubishi
The guy who sold me my rugs. I paid way too much for my rugs. That's my car behind him.
It's a Mitsubishi
A tree
A tree
Me and a tree
Me and a tree
I swear to Allah: the first cloud I've seen in about three weeks.
I swear to Allah: the first cloud I've seen in about three weeks.
Suddenly, you're driving, and you're just in the mountains. These stark, rocky, treeless mountains.
Suddenly, you're driving, and you're just in the mountains. These stark, rocky, treeless mountains.
Self-timer magic
Self-timer magic
More clouds@#!@#!
More clouds@#!@#!
These mountains were incredible. You can see a couple of small trees in this pic. I couldn't focus on them well enough
These mountains were incredible. You can see a couple of small trees in this pic. I couldn't focus on them well enough
On one side, the rocks are white, on the other, sort of dark brown. NOTE the camel crossing sign
On one side, the rocks are white, on the other, sort of dark brown. NOTE the camel crossing sign
I'm sure pics of clouds are not all that interesting, but you have to understand: I hadn't seen one in weeks.
I'm sure pics of clouds are not all that interesting, but you have to understand: I hadn't seen one in weeks.
Mosque. I think this is in Dibba now
Mosque. I think this is in Dibba now
The big mosque in Dibba
The big mosque in Dibba
Now begins the Doors of Dibba. someday I'll put them in a gallery of their own, which they deserve. I'll shut up for them.
Now begins the Doors of Dibba. someday I'll put them in a gallery of their own, which they deserve. I'll shut up for them.
Trees
Trees
For Caryn. He LIVES!!!!!
For Caryn. He LIVES!!!!!
I think these are my favorite
I think these are my favorite
Emirates flag, mountains, minaret
Emirates flag, mountains, minaret
Amazing!
Amazing!
This was a side street leading off to a Pakistani neighborhood, and more cool doors.
This was a side street leading off to a Pakistani neighborhood, and more cool doors.
Wow.
Wow.
The supermarket wasn't open
The supermarket wasn't open
This is the biggest street in this little neighborhood.
This is the biggest street in this little neighborhood.
You just cain't kill the rooster!
You just cain't kill the rooster!
Exercise in framing
Exercise in framing
The Arabian Sea
The Arabian Sea
The black sand
The black sand
Playground
Playground
Another door
Another door
Dibba roundabout statuary
Dibba roundabout statuary
Oman
Oman
Dibba Corniche
Dibba Corniche
The road through the mountains, at dusk, headed home.
The road through the mountains, at dusk, headed home.
Traffic in Sharjah, getting back to Dubai. Please, kill me now.
Traffic in Sharjah, getting back to Dubai. Please, kill me now.