Day 27 - Wed 7 May 2003
Phew! What a day!
Up and out to Hatta on the local bus - got off outside town, and walked up to the Hatta
Fort Hotel, in the hope they might have been running a tour to the rock pools. A Nice
hotel, and very helpful, they would run a tour but they would need 400Dh - Ouch too rich
for my blood. So walked up to the town (3km!) and got to the heritage village - it's so
hot, and it's only 10am - stuck my head under a tap, and then found an air conditioning
unit - Bliss! Drank a can of Pocari Sweat in one go, and then had a wander around the
village, ate lunch on the steps of the tower.
When I climbed
down I found other tourists wandering around! They ask if I'm on a tour, and are amazed
when I tell them I made it out here on a local bus. But they ARE on a tour to the rock
pools, and then back to Dubai!! I ask the driver if there is space for one extra, and he
says yes! Perfect!
So for 100Dh I
managed to get to the rock pools, but more importantly set foot in Oman! There are two
couples on the trip; one from London, who didn't speak a great deal; and other
Some of the hills
and scenery are amazing - and some of the sand dunes we drove down were HUGE, and rather
bumpy! On the tour we drove through' six of the emirates during the day.
Dropped off one
couple in the far north of the UAE, just a hotel in the middle of nowhere - I guess it
must be an all inclusive hotel - it looked very plush! I saw a sign showing 37C, glad the
air con in the Land Cruiser was working. Got back with a headache - drank a gallon of
water, had a shower, and then went to bed a happy man! I have my "O" country.
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