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  1. Fantastic part of the country. Obvious shame is so difficult to access these days. Does anyone have a clear idea or the inside scoop on why is closed to ex-pats, have heard 101 different reasons.

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  2. I spent many weekends camping and climbing in Wadi Bih and all along the border area in the late 90’s between RAK and Al Ain. The soldiers at the border post even got to know me by name. Security and the influx of ‘illegals’ has always been a concern and we were always told to be on the lookout for groups of men sneaking through after dark. Since the construction of the fence along much of the border, I’ve been told most of my favourite spots have been extremely difficult if not impossible for expats to access. I’m glad I left in 2000 — we certainly enjoyed most freedom back then.

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  3. That was in the days when you could drive over the top to Dibba on the other side – that was a really spectacular drive.

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  4. Indeed. We went over once and met this bedu family in the “gorge”. We had a a family with a very blonde little boy , about 2/3 with us. The bedu Grandmother , I assumed , was so taken with him it was if she had seen some fairy or magic child. It was wonderful to see. Reminded me of Silas Marner.

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  5. Did a relay race across there years ago!

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  6. Me in a team 75km relay race over Wadi Bih 1990’s
    (John King)

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  7. They speak a very different language from Arabic. If my memory serves me well it has a connection with Portuguese but I could be mistaken.

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  8. When we were starting to clear the land site for the Khorfakkan Port with Oman Mining the pre site inspection before they started blasting the mountain revealed pre Islamic burial sites with artifacts (3000 + years older) the burial sites and the artifacts were examined by experts from the Sharjah Museum. You can see the artifacts in the Sharjah Museum. Lovely necklaces and jewelry were discovered.Luckily Sharjah had a wise Ruler who ensured the site was treated properly before final loss.

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  9. We once took a guide and encountered a man “guarding” a mountain for his boss

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  10. Paul Smith (Jean Smith) and I were rewarded with a very nice Rolex Each for the work we did putting that deal together. Saved the Sharjah Govt Millions in not having to pay to clear the space for Khorfakkan Port Expansion. One Mountain 23 Million Tons – 🙂 The Rock (GABBRO) was exported to Kuwait, Bahrain, Dubai (for the Palm Project) and Qatar…

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  11. Hey Tony where’s my watch.

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  12. You only get if you have saved Sharjah Government Millions of Dollars – In this case 25 Million Tons of Rock at 5-7 USD per Cbm……. Very Happy Days in Sharjah – Great Boss HH Shk Saud Al Qassimi and Mr Abdul Aziz Sulieman Al Serkal…. DG of Ports.

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  13. Nothing to do with the Spying by Abu Dhabi on HH The Emir of Oman ( Emirati Driver)…. or was that hushed up? and that Oman has close relations with Iran and Qatar????

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  14. Brings back beautiful memories.. superb photos

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