Arabian sands… but mostly mountains

Hajar mountains 2

I recently visited the Middle East for the first time (if you discount stopping in Abu Dhabi and Doha’s impressive airports en route to the east), to stay at the newly opened Alila Jabal Akhdar in the Hajar mountains.

I wrote an article on the experience for The Independent on Sunday, but I hope my somewhat amateur photos will go some way to illustrating visually the drama of the topography and landscape. The startling silence (there is barely any wildlife, let alone cars, planes or towns), you’ll just have to imagine.

 

Aerial CGI of the Alila Jabal Akhdar resort

Aerial CGI of the Alila Jabal Akhdar resort

View from Alila Jabal Akhdar

View from Alila Jabal Akhdar

 

Abandoned village plugged into a sheer cliff face

Abandoned village plugged into a sheer cliff face

 

City of Nizwa, once the centre of power of the ruling imams

City of Nizwa, once the centre of power of the ruling imams

 

View from Nizwa Fort

View from Nizwa Fort

 

Inside Nizwa Fort

Inside Nizwa Fort

 

Nizwa Fort cannon

Nizwa Fort cannon

 

Bahla Fort temperature, 40C!

Bahla Fort
temperature, 40C!

 

Date palms, Misfat oasis

Date palms, Misfat oasis

 

Misfat falaj, an ancient irrigation system still used to this day

Misfat falaj, an ancient irrigation system still used to this day

 

Mosque at Al Ain

Mosque at Al Ain

 

Mosque and  roses, Al Ain. The flowers are harvested each spring to create renowned rose water

Mosque and roses, Al Ain. The flowers are harvested each spring to create renowned rose water

 

 

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