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RAK to Al Ain

We left the comforts of the coast for the challenges of the deep desert, traveling south to Al Ain. The landscape quickly gave way to, first, climbing dunes up isolated mountain blocks and then to the vast dunes of the sand sea. On arriving in the Phoenix-like, broad, green Al Ain oasis we had a lovely lebanese lunch. For the remainder of the evening, we drove up the 1300 m exposed anticline core, Jebel Hafeet. The road is a feat of engineering (see the 3D image). There are a few too many sunset pictures for the combined challenges of dusty skies and just being too high to see details.

GPS track of drive on Google Earth:

Download the .kmz file

GPS track of Jebel Hafeet drive on Google Earth:

3D anaglyph of Jebel Hafeet road (red/blue glasses):

All pics are below.

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