Muscat->Mudaibi->Mahoot->Masirah

  We left for Masirah Island from Muscat at about 5:30am.  It is a 4.5-5 hour drive at a distance of around 460 kms.  This pic is near Ma-ed-en (spelling?) on the way to Masirah.  If you zoom in, you can see a construction crane on the top of that cliff!  Along the highway near Mudaibi, one school (Dhafrat School for Basic Education) put up these Proverbs which I think is pretty neat.  This one reads, “A book is a pupil’s friend“.  Most schools in Oman have colorful, artistic gates like this one (in “Abdullah bin Abubaker school”) in the village of “Maeedan”.  The Arabic above the gate reads, “Show respect to a teacher because a teacher is like a prophet.” (Hey, I LOVE that one!  🙂 )  “Don’t delay today’s work till tomorrow.”  This is known by the locals as “Camel continent/island” as it resembles a camel.  What makes it even more interesting is that there is a camel racing track just behind this “hill”.  “Smiling is a social duty.”  Alright, then… 🙂  “Maeden Mountain” where locals used to be (and are still?!) afraid to approach as it has been known as “the mountain of Jinns” with many scary stories being told about this place.  “Respect yourself and others will respect you.”  Bedu walking their camels, which is something that needs to be done daily to get them ready for the next camel race!  Camels in training”  Click here for video  “Cooperation is strength.”  Painting on the outer wall of school in the village of Hij  “Work hard and you will harvest what you sow.”  Another painting at the school in Hij  “Respecting the environment is everyone’s responsibility.”  A spooky looking tree in the middle of nowhere by itself.  Sulaiman called this tree, “The Devil’s Hand Tree“.  “The teacher is like a second father.” (Again, I gotta agree with this one!  :-))  Another look at the “Devil’s Hand Tree” (1 km from the A’Seel turn off)  “If my home is clean, my school is clean.”  Madar Mountain (wrinkled mountain that looks like a raisin!) “al Madar” is the Arabic word for a special kind of mud which most of the forts in Oman are made of! (Those who lived in mud-brick houses were called “ahi al-madar” or “settlers”, whereas those who lived in tents of camels hair were knows as “ahl al-wabar“, or “wanders”.)  “Camel Beauty without shyness is like a flower without fruit.” (“Camel” in Arabic, “Gamel“, sounds a lot like the word for “Beauty“, “Jamel“)  The person painting the sign made a funny slip up in Arabic making the proverb hard to read at first! (So I was told.)  A beautiful camel (“Jamel Gamel”) in the desert  “The hand of God is with those who cooperate.”  Goats adding charm to the landscape  “Work together for a clean school.”  I had no idea that the harbour where we needed to catch the ferry to Masirah island was even called Shannah!  Another good reason to travel with a local!  These are the salt flats that I wrote about in more detail in a previous post, just a stone’s throw from Shannah Harbour.  Shannah Harbour is the best way to get to Masirah Island.  The ferries carry about 16 cars each trip to the island which is 15 kms off the coast of Oman.

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13 responses to “Muscat->Mudaibi->Mahoot->Masirah

  1. hi andy!
    thanks for the wonderful information!!

  2. Hi Andy,
    We have been to the Masira Island this Eid holidays. We drove down from Sur and the drive was amazing. The new road through the desert was thrilling. This is the first time I did drive on a road with the sea on the left and sand dunes on the right. The cross winds are very strong and some places the car passes through the shifting sands. The ferry was good for me and the crowd was organised . No mad rush and we got our place to park the car easily. The Island is really nice and we would like to go back again over there. Well the more you explore Oman the more you love it.

    And of course we thank you Andy for your blog. Makes it easy to have useful info when you need it. Great Job !! We enjoyed a lot.

    Suman.

    • Suman,
      Thanks for the wonderful update! Glad to hear you had such an awesome experience traveling to Masirah Island! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. It’s great info and updates like yours that lets people find useful info when they need it! Kind regards! 🙂

      • Thanks Suman, for the mention that the road south from sur to masirah is completed. I have been waiting to do that route, as an alternative to the inland road. The on-line maps I have found are not up to date to show the roads as yet.
        It will allow a bit of dune driving on the way in the wahiba sands as well.
        cheers

        • Doobre,
          Thanks for highlighting the point about the new road from Sur to Masirah. It sounds like another great reason to go exploring out in that area! 🙂

          • It should be excellent, we are going to visit Masirah in October EID this year, so will experience it first hand..

            If he reads this, perhaps Suman can advise on the availability of petrol stations, down that way, if any.?

            • Let’s hope he does. If not, you’ll have to let us know! 😉 Sounds like quite the plan. Hope you have an awesome time there this Eid.

  3. Hi Andy/ Doobre,
    We took the route from Sur to Al Kamil, we have a filling station over there, the next one is at Bani Bu Hasan, followed by the one at Qurun. After that there are no gas station till Saana harbour, you will find another one at the island.

  4. We are heading down to Masirah for the Eid. Is the coastal road to Sur maintained?

  5. Hi Mark,
    The roads are in very good shape when we went to Masira last Eid. The road is a single carriageway from Al Kamil to Saana, be careful with the very few vehicles that you might chance to cross 🙂 Enjoy your vacation.
    – Suman

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