Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Empty Quarters: Yearning to go back

The Empty Quarters or A’Rub A’Khali is like no other. This great desert, of barren land, which is inhospitable and harsh, grips you in a way words can not describe or do justice, the silence, the emptiness, the soft sands, even the mirages leaves an impression on your mind like a tattoo which will last. forever. Nothing is welcoming, but you still yearn to go back to it. Only those few who have been deep inside will understand this privilege.

Friday, March 14, 2008

To the Lost City of Ubar and Beyond

We headed to Ubar, the lost city of Irem of the pillars, which was mentioned in the Quran, One Thousand and One Nights, The Atlantis of the Sands and in many other places. The City had 1,000 pillars at its might between 3000 B.C. to 100 A.D. but their people went against god's word and the prophet Hud/Hood in the Quran, or Eber/Heber in the bible, so a large storm covered the city and it was lost forever…

Chillin birds
The place was discovered using satellite scanners, from the sky and one from the ground. The one from the ground scanned upto a meter under ground while the top one zeroed in on the location after a few years of germen and British searching the place.

Ubar was discovered in the early 90's, however, they are not 100% sure it is Ubar since they do not have all the evidence to support its Ubar and the Saudis also claim they have their own Ubar (the Saudis claim everything is theirs anyway).

Sadly the Shsur, in Omani, is very badly maintained and not organized at all. There are a few signs but no explanation or guide to tell you much, just some bedu chilling around the little village of 70 inhabitants.

Its really not worth going to check Ubar out.

Ubar style toilet

Even in the middle of nowhere a satellite dish is needed to survive the harsh conditions!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Some Action in Muscat Festival

Tranquility after the action

Blending colors….sea and beach

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Things that make say hmmmm in Sydney, Australia

Moonwalker passing…. Michael Jackson and friends only


Nurses walk !!! Doctors not allowed!!

No wallets! No watches!But sunglasses are fine !!!!

Kangaroo and crocodile pizza

Crocodile Dundee 2008

Evil Eye

Its not 1707, it is in 2007 a lawyer going to court

The future of the Master, Dog, cat and even mouse

Sports car, truck or sedan?