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Driving from Dubai to Salalah

Old Feb 12th 2009, 4:26 pm
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Default Driving from Dubai to Salalah

Has anyone done it, how long does it take?

Any troubles on the way or is it all clear?

Any nice sites, what's there to do or see in Salalah, I fancy a drive.

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Old Feb 12th 2009, 7:34 pm
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Default Re: Driving from Dubai to Salalah

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Has anyone done it, how long does it take?

Any troubles on the way or is it all clear?

Any nice sites, what's there to do or see in Salalah, I fancy a drive.

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That's a huge drive.

The only way (I think) is to go across the peninsula, via Hatta, then head down the east coast.

A full day's drive, I think............

........... spectacular mountains though - take time to go off-main-road after you pass Muscat - stunning............
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Old Feb 12th 2009, 9:53 pm
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Its a long way to drive in 1 day, may I suggest you read the following, the advise about filling up regularly is very true as filling stations in Oman after you head down the east coast road are infrequent, a 5 gallon jerrycan full of fuel as well as lots of bottled water would be advisable too.

http://travel.yahoo.com/trip-journal...age=2#comments
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We drove down for the khareef (sp?) a few years ago. There are regular 'guest houses' all the way down - we stopped at each one and filled up the tank 'just in case'. It's long, flat and pretty boring, but a really really easy drive. You can see the road ahead for miles and miles so can truck along at a decent rate - no suprise camels round the bend as there are no bends . . And very little traffic. We drove to Nizwa and stayed ne night there then it took us 9 hours from there to Salalah - you could do it faster, depends how fast you drive. We drove back via Al Suwaidi which took us 11 hours.

It was so worth it tho when we got the mountains - left behind a gravelly desert went up into the mountains into thick, thick cloud, and emerged down the other side into a lush green land - itwas like we'd gone through some sort of stargate thingy - really - it was truly amazing - and you won't get that if you go by plane . . .

If you do want to go I'd suggest August when it's rainy and green and gorgeious. It's like stepping back in time . . No starbucks, no bars, etc. (except in the hotel) We really enjoyed it, but I guess for some it could be pretty boring. I think this is what the rest of the Middle East was like in years gone by.

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