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Al-Ayn, in the northwest of our mystery country, is one of several places to see the Bronze Age beehive tombs. Although they are frequently referred to as tombs, no human remains have been found, leaving the purpose of these monuments in question. Over 100 of these structures are scattered around 3 different sites within about a 30 minute drive, as well as the remains of houses and other evidence of human settlement. At al-Ayn, Jebel Misht makes a dramatic backdrop to 21 tombs.

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Foto Friday Favs

Happy Friday! Behold some of our favorite images from past Foto Fridays ~

Havana, Cuba, photo by Jason Hedrick

Havana, Cuba, photo by Jason Hedrick

Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

Sur, Oman

Sur, Oman

Havana, Cuba, photo courtesy of Jason Hedrick

Havana, Cuba, photo courtesy of Jason Hedrick

Mt. Nebo, Jordan

Mt. Nebo, Jordan

Fez, Morocco

Fez, Morocco

camelboy in the desert of northern Oman, photo by Sallie Volotzky

camelboy in the desert of northern Oman, photo by Sallie Volotzky

Trinidad de Cuba, photo by Steve Sherwood

Trinidad de Cuba, photo by Steve Sherwood

Bodrum, Turkey, photo by Sue Alstedt

Bodrum, Turkey, photo by Sue Alstedt

Fez, Morocco

Fez, Morocco

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Wadi Darbat near Salalah in the southern govenorate of Dhofar shows off its Khareef green. The Khareef, or monsoon, rolls into Dhofar in late July and hangs around until September. While monsoon season may not sound inviting, the Khareef brings light drizzle, mist and fog, not torrential rains, and the normally brown, thirsty landscape springs to life. While the rest of this desert country bakes in summer heat, Dhofar is a paradise of gentle temperatures and lush scenery.

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Jebel Shams in the Hajar range is the highest mountain in our mystery country and the range is the highest on the Arabian Peninsula. The Hajar range runs parallel to the northern coast of the country and crosses the northwestern boarder into the UAE.
The range separates a narrow coastal plain from desert.

 

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Local musicians and dancers entertain tourists at this desert camp in the Sharqiya Sands (aka Wahiba Sands after a resident tribe). The golden dunes of Sharqiya Sands are located between the cities of Muscat and Sur in our mystery country. This Arabian Peninsula country is modern and prosperous, with a down-to-earth appeal that contrasts sharply with its glitzy neighbor to the west. The country’s considerable natural endowments include long, unspoiled coast lines on the Arabian Sea, Arabian/Persian Gulf and the eponymous gulf, Shangri-La valleys and rugged wadis tucked into the grand Al Hajar Mountains off the northern coast, expansive desert and an annual, mist-induced pop-up jungle in the southern mountains.

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