During my visit to the Middle East to the United Arab Emirates in the Persian Gulf 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, unless otherwise noted.

Oasis Buraimi Al-Khandaq in Fort Buraimi
The Al-Khandaq fort in Buraimi (549k)
Palm trees in the oasis
The palm trees in the oasis were in pretty sad shape, compared with the oasis in Al-Ain (1114k)
Street market in Buraimi
Street market in Buraimi (824k)
Bargaining in a street market
Bargaining in the street market. Many men there wore these traditional clothes. (595k)
Woman in traditional clothes
A woman in traditional clothes. She doesn't wear a veil, she wears a plastic cover that just covers her mouth. (668k)
Store front in Buraimi
Store front in Buraimi (918k)
Market scene
Market scene. (638k)
Wadi (dry river bed)
Wadi (dry river bed) in Buraimi, with the Al-Khandaq fort in the background. (696k)

The total number of pictures online on my website from Oman is 8

Page last updated on Tue May 25 21:03:16 2021 (Mountain Standard Time)

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