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Abu Dhabi to North Yemen Overland -- April 1982

The choice was eventually made, and two weeks by road to North Yemen triumphed over a three week package tour to Japan. Next followed the necessary procurement of visas, firstly to visit Yemen as tourists, and secondly to travel in transit across Saudi Arabia and back. Eventually, with a briefcase full of essential documents and a vehicle full of equipment to withstand the rigours of at least five nights of desert camping en route, we left Abu Dhabi in a rather weary Nissan Patrol at the beginning of what promised to be an adventure rather than a holiday. The tedious...

Al Hair Archaeological Site

The site itself consists of two more or less oval shaped depressions of 10 m and 60 m long respectively. Ostrich shell, beads, seashell ornaments, one potsherd and hundreds of flakes of flint debris were scattered all over the place. The marine mollusks and flint I do not believe originated from this place, but may be from Oman, indicating a traveling route. One light colored piece of rock contained tiny veins of (presumably) copper ore, while another piece looked like jaspar. Among the chert a banded gray and white ore was found, and some artifacts could be identified. Because of...

Bedouin Youth, Past and Present

Sheikha Al Maskery's thesis is that UAE Bedouin youth have been corrupted since the coming of the oil age in the country. Traditional values have been eroded, there is now a distinct generation gap and the result is a cultural void. Sheikha Al Maskery began her lecture with an overview of the past. Because of its formidable dunes and sabkhas, and very shallow Gulf waters, the country's intrinsic sovereignty was maintained until the middle of the 20th Century. Only the eastern frontiers of the Gulf were occupied by various intruders down the ages. It was not only the inaccessibility of...

Development Anomalies in the Bedouin Oases of Al-Liwa

Abu Dhabi, the richest of the seven member-states of the United Arab Emirates (1) has a territorial area of 26,000 square miles. Over 90 percent of the land is uninhabitable sandy desert or salty mud flats. The country has two natural centers for settled habitation besides the coastal town and capital named Abu Dhabi, like the State itself. One is an oasis west of the Hajar mountains of Oman: it is internationally known as the Buraimi oasis (2) but locally referred to under the name of the principal village in the Abu Dhabian part, al-Ain. The other area for settlement,...

The Empty Quarter

Mr. Thesiger was on a visit to Oman and Abu Dhabi at the invitation of the Sultan and the President of the United Arab Emirates. He had visited neither country since his historic journeys in the desert in the winters of 1946-47 and 1947-48. A life such as Mr. Thesiger has led would in the modern age be unrepeatable. He was born in a mud hut in Ethiopia in 1910, grew up in the Abyssinian Highlands, and began travelling and exploring when he was 20. Students of his life may find out more about his ambitions and achievements, his love...

Extract from Arabia Felix

Some days later Ma'yuf, the most intelligent Rashidi in my party, volunteered the information that as a boy while grazing his father's herds after rain, between Mitan and Rasad (he had long ago forgotten the precise site, but thought it within two days' march of the sand border) he had come upon a complete earthenware pot, with broken potsherds of red and yellow, a part of grindstone, two coffee pestles (?) of black polished stone, and two large white rounded blocks of stone, notched at the edge and both alike, but each so big as to require two men to...

History of the Buraimi Oasis

For hundreds, if not thousands, of years the Al Ain – Buraimi area was known as the ‘Buraimi Oasis’. The Buraimi Oasis does not apply only to the palm groves in Buraimi, but also to the wider Al Ain – Buraimi area, just as the Liwa Oasis refers to a geographical area, not a particular palm grove. Over the past 15 to 20 years, with the spectacular growth on the UAE side of the international border, the name ‘Al Ain’ appears to have replaced Buraimi Oasis as the geographical name of this area. Before development, the Buraimi Oasis comprised nine...

Masirah Island

Masirah is an island approximately 40 miles long by 10 miles wide at its maximum point. On plan it is shaped like an hourglass, being five miles wide at its narrowest point. It lies approximately 15 miles off the Oman coast, to which it belongs politically. It is about 225 miles due south of Muscat and 400 miles southeast of Salalah. The island is very interesting both geologically and for the study of natural history. The main backbone of the island is of basalt rock interspersed with flat limestone ridges, the highest point being about 900 feet above sea level....

Overland to Jordan

Following a successful overland journey to North Yemen in 1982, we decided to try the easier but no less interesting drive to Jordan and on 14th April we left Abu Dhabi in strong winds and rising sand, just two enthusiastic travelers in an overloaded and definitely unenthusiastic Nissan Patrol. As last year, the road to Tarif was bordered by huge 'lakes' following the early rains and where the water had evaporated vast tracts of snow-white salt flats remained. The trees recently planted in the central reservation appeared to be in for a very tedious existence. Also as last year, the...

Catfish Spelunking in Mexico

While up in Mexico I managed to make a stop at a cenote just outside of Chichen Itza in Yucatan State. A cenote is formed when the earth above an underground river collapses and creates a sinkhole. Cenotes are common in southern Mexico because the large number of underground rivers and the limestone base provide for unstable ground. The cenote I explored was located at Ik Kil in Xcalacoop, Tinum about 30 minutes from the ruins of Chichen Itza. Above ground, the cenote looked like a huge hole about 100 feet across. The water was about 150 feet straight down...