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Oman - In Land of Dreams on the Mirbat Beach

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Salalah and Dhofar region offers visitors an enormous variety of things to see and do. The natural beauty of the surrounding area is breathtaking. You can witness the stunning views of dramatic mountains reaching right to the edge of the sea. You can experience wadis and beaches as well as the springs. Salalah is a coastal city located on the shores of the Indian Ocean, in the southern part of Oman. Although close to the Arabian desert, Salalah enjoys a pleasant tropical climate and even in the summer the temperatures are not too hot as the coastal fringe of Dhofar and Salalah is touched by the winds of the southwest monsoon between June and September. The surface winds encourage an upwelling of colder waters in the Indian Ocean which cool the over-lying moisture-laden air. The fog cools temperatures considerably, such that Salalah is a popular destination for Gulf visitors in the summer as a respite from the relentless heat. The phenomenon of this rain-bearing fog is known locally as the Khareef.

 

This shot was taken on beach at town of Mirbat (Marbat, Marbāt, Merbat, Murbat, Murbāt, Arabic: مرباط‎). It is a coastal town in the Dhofar governorate, in southwestern Oman. It is located roughly 70 km (43 mi) from Salalah and is famous for housing Bin Ali’s tomb, (Bin Ali was a well-known saint of antiquity) this seaside town is a half-day excursion out of Salalah. The 1970s were witness to the Dhofar Rebellion by the communist guerillas from Yemen. The Battle of Mirbat was fought between the guerillas and British Special Air Service backed Omani government. Serenity rules Mirbat now. Fishing boats lined the village wharf and the air is filled with the piercing cries of sea-gulls. The picturesque seaside on the approach to Mirbat is breathtaking. White surf breaks endlessly over the sounds of waves crashing onto deserted shores. Swimming in these seas is however very dangerous as there are strong currents along the coastlines.

 

Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Lens’s focal length: 17.00 - 40.00 mm, Photo Focal length: 32.00 mm, Aperture: 18, Exposure time: 44.0 s, ISO: 100

 

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Taken on July 25, 2009