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Oman - Off road through Al Hajar Mountains

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The Hajar Mountains (Arabic: جبال الحجر‎) (Arabic for stone mountains) is a mountain range in northeastern Oman and also the eastern United Arab Emirates. They separate the low coastal plain of Oman from the high desert plateau, and lie 50-100 km inland from the Gulf of Oman coast. The mountains begin in the north, forming the Musandam peninsula. From there the Northern Hajar (Hajar al Gharbi) runs southeast, moving gradually further from the coast as it goes. The central section of the Hajar is the Jebel Akhdar, the highest and wildest terrain in the country (with the highest point in eastern Arabia). The Jebel Akhdar (and the smaller Jebel Nakhl range) are bounded on the south by the low Samail Valley (which leads northeast to Muscat). East of Samail are the Eastern Hajar (Hajar ash Sharqi), which run east (much closer to the coast) to the fishing town of Sur.


One of the highlights of visiting Oman is definitely off road drive through Al Hajar Mountains. You might not see it properly but if you look at the lower part of the road, there is a 4x4 car, just to get an idea of the scale around you.


Camera Model: PENTAX K20D; Focal length: 23.13 mm; Aperture: 6.7; Exposure time: 1/90 s; ISO: 100


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Taken on November 14, 2008