This oasis town was once an important stop along a caravan route. Today the town shares the oasis with the town of Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates. The main reason to go to Buraimi is to cross into the U.A.E. and take the opportunity to compare the two national cultures. Al-Ain is the wealthier of the two towns and exists in sharp contrast to the Omani side. It has old forts, museums, shopping (modern and traditional) and even a zoo. Border formalities between the towns are minimal. 180 mi/290 km northwest of Masqat.

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