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Hamariya Beach Revisit

January 29, 2009

Thursday we took a drive. I wanted to get out of the city limits at least once during mid-semester break. So, we returned to Hamariya Beach to see what it is like when the weather is cool enough for us to stand being out of the car. [See original posts about this beach – Sept 29 and Oct 9, 2008]
Paul mentioned the irony that we have now dipped our toes in the Persian/Arabian Gulf, but not the Atlantic. (We were in So. Carolina a few years back and drove up to where we could see the ocean, but it was raining so heavily that we couldn’t get out of the car.)
These pictures don’t do the place justice. The water is a brilliant aqua color.
The beach is littered with shells (and only a little garbage litter). The “sand” is more pulverized shells than actual sand which makes it feel sharp to the feet. Like walking on broken glass.
My feet were a little tender after all this, but no injuries. When we reached our next destination and I went to roll down my pants, I discovered my legs were covered in shell bits like scales or glitter. I was for a moment Aquawoman! Anyway, still had a few shell scales on my legs at bed time, so had to scrub them off. (Click on the image below to see what I’m really talking about close up.)

There is a sharp drop off a short distance into the water, so this is not a place for swimming. The undercurrent is probably deadly. There were some people there with boats apparently fishing, but we were the only silly tourists walking around barefoot and getting into the cold water. (It was cool at best by PNW standards. This would have passed for a hot summer’s day on the Oregon coast.)
This is one of my favorite places in the U.A.E.

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Road Trip #1 – Hamriyah Beach

October 10, 2008

So, Paul already spilled the beans about our discovery of Hamriyah Beach, but here are my pictures. They don’t do the place justice. The water was an overwhelming color. Really amazing.

There were scads of beautiful shells on the beach. I picked up a couple just because I couldn’t resist.
This is the road along the beach.
This is the mosque by the beach.

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A trip to the beach. (Accidentally)

September 29, 2008

Kanga has this week off for the end-of-Ramadan holiday, “Eid al Fitr”, so yesterday we and a couple of her co-workers took a little trip to some of the smaller northern Emirates: Sharjah, Ajman and Umm al Quwain. We saw a few museums and other sites, many only from the outside since they were closed for the holiday. It was still a fun trip and very interesting; we will have many ideas about what we want to go back and see on future trips. One of the highlights of the day was a wrong turn we took on the way from Ajman to Umm al Quwain which took us into the area of Hamriya, an area mostly dominated by industry and shipping since it is a designated “Free Zone” of Sharjah. “Dominated” is not really a very descriptive word in this case. It is a very large area with only a few industrial compounds, but even fewer homes. However as we passed through the area of the houses we noticed that we could see the Arabian Gulf nearby, so we decided to take a look since we hadn’t seen it up close yet. (Yes, the ARABIAN Gulf, NOT the ‘Persian’ Gulf. Not on this side of it at least!)
When we rounded the block going towards the water we discovered there was a lovely public beach area, and even more lovely water bordering that. Both Kanga and I took several picture with our cameras, but they really do not do the place justice! It tremendously beautiful. That water was so blue and there were so many sea shells on the beach. I haven’t seen a beach that pretty in a very long time.
If you come visit us sometime a trip there is a big must. besides being lovely it was deserted except for us! It was a pretty out of the way place so it may be relatively unpopulated anytime of the year.
Kanga took pictures of it and of other stops on our day trip that she will share as well.
Here is the address for the web album and a few of the pictures:

http://picasaweb.google.com/pauliancastle/TheBeachAtHamriya#



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