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عمان (Oman) - Buraimi, an Island in the Desert


Travel pictures from Oman

by Dr. Günther Eichhorn


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During my visit to the United Arab Emirates in November 2005 I visited Buraimi in Oman. Al-Ain and Buraimi are next to each other in a desert oasis complex. There used to be several water wells in this area around which these cities formed. When the borders for the Emirates and Oman were drawn, the people were asked to which Emir they want to belong. Al-Ain and Buraimi decided to have allegiance to different Emirs, so the were moved to different countries, even though they a closely related. There is no border control between the Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates and Buraimi in Oman, you don't even notice when you cross the border. Oman is not as rich as the Emirates, since it doesn't have oil. But Buraimi is not very different from Al-Ain. From what I understand, the border checks are done further into Oman, in order to keep the two parts of the oasis together as much as possible.

All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn

Buraimi, Oman

al-khandaq fort buraimiThe Al-Khandaq fort in Buraimi. (370k)
palm trees oasisThe palm trees in the oasis were in pretty sad shape, compared with the oasis in Al-Ain (750k)
street market buraimiStreet market in Buraimi. (566k)
bargaining street marketBargaining in the street market. Many men there wore these traditional clothes. (420k)
woman traditional clothesA woman in traditional clothes. She doesn't wear a veil, she wears a plastic cover that just covers her mouth. (474k)
store front buraimiStore front in Buraimi. (633k)
market sceneMarket scene. (451k)
wadi dry riverWadi (dry river bed) in Buraimi, with the Al-Khandaq fort in the background. (479k)

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