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Let's Drive and Explore Oman

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Date: 27 & 28 Feb 2015 (leaving Dubai on 26-Feb evening)

Attractions:

Wadi Shab, Wadi Bani Khalid, Wahiba Sands, Bimmah Sinkhole, Fins White Sand Beach.

Activities:

Long drive, mountain/ seaside roads, beaches, off-road, wadis exploration, walking trek/ swimming/ snorkeling, campfire, barbecue.

Trip fee:

AED 100/- per person to cover the costs of barbecue, campfire, local coordination expenses, first-aid kit, and sundries.

Vehicle:

4x4 preferred, however sedans can also reach most of these locations.

If the highway is the pulse of your existence, the rolling wheel your heartbeat, and being one with nature your idea of nirvana, you have to visit Oman…. The land of breathtaking natural beauty, where the rocky-reds of the Hajar Mountains battle with white sandy beaches to meet the aquamarine of the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman!

Our first Oman trip is tailored to discover the true spirit of the Bedouin traveller…wild, rustic and spirited, yet respectful of nature. As we leave Dubai’s dazzling lights behind and traverse the scenic landscape of Oman… plains, plateaus, deserts, mountains, wadis, beaches, even a sinkhole… you instantly realize this is nature’s blessed terrain! The Bedouin spirit guides the way as we wander around, forgetting the rigmarole of corporate life.

There is so much fun and exploration in this trip, do not miss it for anything :)

Accommodation:

 26-Feb-15 (Thursday) night in hotel/ own stay in Muscat.

 27-Feb-15 (Friday) night in hotel/ own camp in Tiwi.

If you would like us to make hotel arrangements in Muscat, please inform us with your RSVP. Payment will be charged at cost, including taxes. Alternatively, you may make your own stay arrangements.

Due to limited hotel options in Tiwi, we have reserved a few Standard Twin/ Double rooms in a hotel next to Wadi Shab (Wadi Shab Resort). The cost will be AED 300/- per person for the night on twin-sharing basis. Room allocation is on first-come, first-served basis, with priority to families and ladies, and subject to receipt of payment in the organizer’s bank account (details will be given on RSVP) no later than 17-Feb-15. No refunds for any cancellations after this date. For those who wish to camp, the white sand beach nearby is a good option.

Suggested things to carry:

Camping gear (tent/ sleeping bag/ chairs/ mat/ light/ torch, etc.), some warm clothing (in layers), trekking shoes, hat, sunblock cream, swimming costume/ life-jacket/ floating tube/ snorkel kit (as needed), camera, food and water for self and little extra to share.

Important Note:

UAE residents generally get visa on arrival at the Oman border, subject to the following:

o Valid UAE residence visa (professional category). We strongly request you to refer to Royal Oman Police website for latest info:

http://www.rop.gov.om/english/dg_pr_visas_agcc.asp

o Valid passport (not less than six months)

o Oman insurance for your car (you can buy it at the border, if you don’t have it already).

Please ensure your car is in good condition, as the total driving distance is about 1400 – 1500 km.

Whilst UAE Dirham is generally accepted in Oman, it may help to carry some cash in Omani Riyal for miscellaneous expenses/ groceries.

Trip Itinerary:

26-Feb-15 (Thursday):

Leave Dubai at 4 pm; reach Muscat by 10 pm; sleep in hotel/ own stay.

27-Feb-15 (Friday)

 Leave hotel at 8 am

 Reach Wadi Bani Khalid by 12:30 pm (enroute, we take a small detour to Wahiba Sands)

 Leave Wadi Bani Khalid by 3 pm

 Reach Fins white sand beach at 5 pm

 Set-up camp; campfire and barbecue

 Retire for the night in hotel/ camp.

28-Feb-15 (Saturday)

 Begin Wadi Shab exploration at 7:30 am

 Leave Wadi Shab by 12 pm

 Explore Fins White Sand Beach until 1 pm (Enroute to Dubai) - Swim/

Snorkel/ Relax, as you like

 Reach Bimmah Sinkhole by 1:30 pm (Enroute to Dubai)

 Start return trip to Dubai by 2:30 pm (Distance to Dubai - 560 km via

Muscat and Sohar)

Travel Distances (approx.):

 Dubai to Muscat – 450 Km

 Muscat to Wadi Bani Khalid – 250 Km

 Wadi Bani Khalid to Wadi Shab – 160 Km

 Wadi Shab to Bimmah sink hole – 35 km

 Wadi Shab to Dubai – 600 km

 Total Distance: 1400 - 1500 Km

Disclaimer: By confirming your RSVP for this trip, you confirm the following -

1- The trip fees and hotel booking charges are non-refundable after 17-Feb-15.

2- The Organizers can neither take responsibility nor assist with securing an Oman visa; it is purely the member’s responsibility to arrange visa for themselves and their guests (if any). The Organizers do not accept liability for hassles, issues or losses whatsoever due to rejection of Oman visa for a trip member.

3- You are participating in this event on voluntary basis and are solely responsible for your own health and safety and that of your guests;

4- You own full responsibility for your reckless, negligent or unsafe actions causing damage to self or other persons or property; and

5- You indemnify and hold harmless the Organizers of liability for any loss, damage or injury that you, your guests or your vehicle may incur, or may cause.

So, have fun, but be safe :)