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78). The Oman Desert   Near Nizwa, Oman (January 2009)

In 2009 I flew to the Middle East again for work.  After working all week in Abu Dhabi, I rented a tiny car and set off to explore the vast, desert country of Oman.  I only spent three days in Oman but I made the most of it and drove over 1,000 miles.  Oman is a land of contrasts, with mountains over 10,000 feet high, long beaches, and vast sand dunes.  During my drive, I spotted a number of camels, including this fellow standing beside the road.  Very few Omanis I met spoke English but they were all warm and gracious to this lone American.