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United Arab Emir.

2.6 km (1.6 miles) WNW of Sa`ba, Ra's al-Khayma, U. A. E.
Approx. altitude: 294 m (964 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 25°S 124°W

Accuracy: 6 m (19 ft)
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#2: View towards East #3: View towards South #4: View towards West #5: GPS info #6: The team (L-R): Aayush, Aastha, Sangeeta, and Ajay #7: Lunch at the dry encatchment area of the dam

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  25°N 56°E (visit #6)  

#1: General area and view towards North, Confluence in foreground

(visited by Ajay Sikri, Sangeeta Sikri, Aayush Sikri and Aastha Sikri)

07-Feb-2009 -- We (I, my wife Sangeeta, our son Aayush, and daughter Aastha) started from Dubayy and got on to the Highway E-44 leading to Ḥattā. After about 67 km, we left the highway and turned towards al-Dhayd at the Madam roundabout, drove another 15 km or so, before leaving the main road for a branch road towards the village of Filiy. After Filiy, the road goes into the wild and terminates near a small dam on the edge of the UAE-Oman border fence. From the road head, the degree confluence point 25N 56E is some 3.5 km as a crow flies.

As we arrived, we could take our Nissan Patrol as close as 4 meters to the destination, where I had to bring the GPS out as the incline further was a bit steep for the car. Nothing much has changed in the area from what was reported by the earlier visitors to the spot. The markings by the earlier visitors could be clearly spotted. This spot is in complete wilderness except some small dams being developed not far away, to capture the rain water that comes from the al-Ḥajar mountains.

We took pictures, enjoyed the nice open day, and returned back to the dam nearby. Had our lunch under the shade of the only pair of desert trees guarding the dry bed of the dam encatchment area. Thereafter, it was time to drive back to Dubayy, some 100 kilometers away, and write the visit report.

A fantastic day out and well spent.


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#1: General area and view towards North, Confluence in foreground
#2: View towards East
#3: View towards South
#4: View towards West
#5: GPS info
#6: The team (L-R): Aayush, Aastha, Sangeeta, and Ajay
#7: Lunch at the dry encatchment area of the dam
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