Cruise along the coast of Oman on a traditional dhow
23.11.2016 - 23.11.2016
Wednesday November 23
Our ship stopped at Fujeirah, our last stop in the United Arab Emirates. We took an excursion back into Oman: a cruise on a traditional wooden dhow along the coast to a sheltered bay for swimming and snorkeling.
On the dhow, there were 15 in our group and one Omani family. Onboard were also numerous helpers who explained some local geography and sites along the way, and brought out a tasty buffet lunch of hummus, tandoori chicken, curry lamb, Arabian rice, salad and fruits.
Lyle and I enjoyed a lovely swim in the salty water and swam quite a distance to find some clearer water and small fish. Back on the boat, on our return trip, we experienced a light rain shower (fortunately the dhow had a cover over the sitting area). More concerning were the crosswinds rocking the boat! Later, we learned that it’s the beginning of the monsoon season.
Once we were back on the bus, the shower turned into a downpour – obviously an unusual event as we noticed Omanis standing in doorways taking photos of the rain. This parched area that looked like it hadn’t had rain for a year, suddenly had water in the riverbeds and puddles everywhere. The narrow dirt lanes into residential areas were flooded and even the highway was flooded in some spots. Earlier we had noticed a highway sign in some areas where a road on flat land dips. The signs state: Stop when water reaches red. These refer to posts along the side of the road with red rings around them. Where the road dips, the posts have two white bars below the red bars. Fortunately, our bus got back through these areas before the water reached the red line!