I first noticed these Arabic messages on hills near the main highway back in November when I started driving from Ibri to church in Muscat every Friday. For the longest time, there were only 4 or 5 messages along the whole 260 km ride but I have noticed many more popping up in the past few weeks and there must be close to a dozen now. I assumed that they must be quotes from the quran (something I have been told would never be written on mountains) but have learned that they are almost always the name of the nearby village. Interesting, huh?!