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Desert of Oman

Sergey Dolya • 4 minutes read • April 10th, 2016
I came to 


by the invitation of the Ministry of Tourism of Oman together with several journalists and a good friend of mine. We spent 4 days there in total and managed to go around half of the country. I will begin the story with our visit to the desert. This year it is already the 4th time I am in the desert. For the very first time, it isn't limited to the sandbox sizes 1 by 2 miles but it is real…
We arrived at the desert late at night and stopped to sleep in a small camp which was hidden in the valley between the dunes:
Everyone got a small lodge with a shower but without AC. It was rather hot inside at night, and many preferred to sleep on a verandah: 
I got up at 6 am, right after sunrise:
It makes sense to photograph the desert only at sunrise or at sunset when the sun is still low and sand dunes cast contrast shadows:
It rains in Oman only 3-4 times per year, and old residents remember years when it wasn't raining for 3-4 years in a row. Naturally, with my luck, the day before it was pouring down heavily and the whole desert was tousled with drops in the morning: 
Sometimes we saw traces of goats and rams:
I was thinking a lot about what photo to choose as the main? What do you think?
The desert seems beautiful and romantic only from far away. In practice, it is possible to see traces of men’s activity under almost every bush: 
Here and there you notice rare trees in the valley, Bedouins with herds of goats use their shadow to hide from the sun: 
Our camp once again. Strangely enough, despite the lack of AC, it was a pleasant experience, and I slept well and comfortably enough: 
We were on three white Toyota Land Cruisers (red Pajero is not from our group). There is probably no better car for the desert: 
The main thing is to not be lazy to blow off wheels: 
We did nearly 75 miles/hour (120 km/h): 
Our drivers loved flying up on a slope, fixing on brakes, and looking at us victoriously:
So childish, you know :) 
But not always and not everybody managed to pass without getting stuck. Once again, Arabs confirmed the rule that not the car, but the pilot wins: 
There was a driver in our group which, despite cooler and newer car, got stuck everywhere it was possible: 
And the other two young men had fun: 

Well and, of course, the story about the desert will not be complete without photos of "the desert ships":
Tomorrow I will continue the story about Oman. Stay Tuned!
Author: Sergeydolya
Translated by: Gian Luka

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