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About GumbyAKhan

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  1. The fytoplankton is definitely a superb experience. You can rent the dhows and stay on the boat overnight in the middle of the sea, and go swimming at night, its a really superb experience and one I will always remember with all the glowing plankton. Although you also have to be lucky that the moon isn't out, that's when it shows you the best results!
  2. @syedyaseer, you can only re-enter UAE on a visit visa if you have a multiple entry visit visa for the UAE. Also, on a UAE visit visa, not all nationalities can get on-arrival Omani visit visa. If any visitors are planning to enter Oman, better for them to check their nationalities with Omani consulate, or just apply for Omani visit visa beforehand, while applying for UAE multiple entry visit visa also. Else, as Rahimdad says, best to directly check with Omani consulate. Will post a detailed comment soon on your question on Musandam / Khasab routes. However, definitely enter through Ras Al Khaimah border, that's surely the better and more well connected drive.
  3. I visited Wadi Shawka few months ago (Jan / Feb can't remember). The location of the pools shared is very seasonal, you'll only see water there after lot of rains, as when I went there using the UAE off-road book, there was nothing there. Disappointed, I did not give up and went inside the Wadi Shawka area towards the Dam, There I found out that even the road access for cars to reach the top of the dam had been closed off (I am not sure if this was only for the season or what, either way doesn't make sense). So you have to park at the bottom next to the small park adjacent to the dam. https://goo.gl/maps/2A67Hte7aik You can walk up to the dam (5-10 minutes walk) and circle around it for nice views. There is also an adventurous trekking / hiking trail next to the dam. If you see on the mountains to your left, you will notice a narrow pathway that sort of gives a nice balcony view of the Wadi Shawka beyond the dam. https://goo.gl/maps/11FiHB4FVd92 Not happy with how this trip was shaping, I spotted a car on the other side of the dam where there was no road and immediately wanted to go there. I asked around, searched around the off-road tracks till I ended up there. This location is not in the UAE off road book either, however' it's the same location which @Gaurav showed lots of cars parked next to the water. It's a very picturesque point gives the view of the dam from the back side along with nice hills and small pools (sometimes). As going into the water was prohibited there (dam!) and also water wasn't clean, I went deeper into the valley as per the off-road book, it really is a very enjoyable and adventurous off-road drive. Wadi Shawka is challenging as there are many routes branching out hence there will invariably be some wrong route driving specially if you dont have a GPS (like me!). I was on a mission to find me some of those pools that I had heard about. On the same path, there comes a slight 5 second uphill drive where on the right you will see an Emirates Tent / Adventure hut. If you don't go up and continue on the right, there are the hidden Shawka pools. I found some maintenance guys on the road entrance who confirmed this to me. It's a stretch to call it a road actually its mostly large loose pebbles / rocks you can drive all the way inside but you can also get stuck if you're not that good driving on rocks. I drove in for a little bit where the drive was acceptable, parked my car and walked about 10 minutes inside to find a lovely pool, deep enough to jump from heights! What's more, there are a series of pools beyond the main pool which you can climb and trek through. I didn't have much time so I didn't explore it further but this is definitely something I am returning to do this weekend! Co-ordinates: 25.099694, 56.061761 After enjoying the pools, you can actually go back a little bit and get into the main Wadi Shawka off-road drive, which may require at certain stages crossing through heavy water, as I experienced! Definitely need a 4x4 for this, what a great thrill though. Also, through the core Wadi Shawka drive, you pass through some of the private lodges that people have built. There's a fantastic lodge I came across where a local had even kept horses and a nice BBQ area and resting area. Using the off-road UAE book, you can do a superb off-road drive through Wadi Shawka and actually end up on the other side of the mountain. Basically you enter Wadi Shawka through the Sharjah-Kalbah Road and exit through the Maleha-Fujairah Road. Towards the end of this off-road drive, there's this zig-zagging off road track that you may notice going high up in the mountains where a local has actually built a house / palace. I'd like to take that road one day and look around the valley from that height. I highly recommend Wadi Shawka. Will also upload images to this post later. I got lost a lot through this, but that added to the thrill and adventure of the ride as I found so many places / routes.
  4. I also called Al Nahda as @Gaurav suggested before purchasing these and it seems their prices were higher. Also, the 3+1 Yokohama deal was on Pitstop Arabia if I'm not wrong and it was only for 2017 tyres. Maybe i missed the 2018 deal? Anyway, thanks to all for their really valuable feedback I've learned so much in this purchase really. I hope A/T G012 turns out to be good choice for me as I am not a heavy off roader but got really tempted by all the test videos I checked on Youtube for this tyre 😁 and i just want something like that whenever i go off roading. I will also be buying Hankook Ventus Prime tires for a Hyundai Veloster 215/40/R18, which apparently also are OEM for Velosters. There's not much of a price difference on Pitstop Arabia and Future Tires themselves, so thinking of just ordering them online from their to the nearest available workshop near my place (Stop & Go in Motor City).
  5. Mind finally settled on the A/T G012. Got the tyres from Future Trade ! I've got a really great price on the purchase. The shop was absolutely chaotic and only quietened down towards the end. The reason I got such a great price was due to the chaos actually where an hour into the shop after taking off my old tyres, they discovered that they dont have G012 for 2018. They offered 2019, I got annoyed, and in the ensuing confusion they agreed to offer me the 2019 tyres at same price of 2018! The small bit that I drove after installation, car feels completely new. Just a question: Is there some loophole in this deal? I checked tyres are from 2019, though to my surprise they weren't wrapped up and were already dirty due to lying open in the godown and transferring to the main workshop etc.
  6. @Sunit thanks. I'm going for either G056 or G012 A/T . The guy at Future Tyres has recommended that G056 is same as G039 only different being one is Japan and one is Thailand made. However, he's saying difference in quality is minimal, and he's saying G056 is a better tyre if you want to combine on and off road driving with the same.
  7. Could it be because the G056 is Thailand made and not Japanese?
  8. Point # 2 is actually a very old tradition and passed on from generations. This was specially applicable in the older models of the 90s, cuz I've grown up seeing my father and other relatives switch off the AC before switching off the car. I think it should be applicable even now as the care on engine load on start up still applies? Though to be honest I don't strictly follow it with the assumption that engines are much more capable now? Not sure if my assumption is correct!
  9. From my limited knowledge for a small work I got done from Al Haboor for Pajero, these guys are good. However, they have insanely high prices man.
  10. In my last service that I got done with Mohsen (a guy @Barry recommended), he confirmed he was using fully synthetic oil for 10k interval service on Pajero if I remember correctly. Though I didn't check which brand is being used. I guess next time I should once again check my car manual, confirm exact specifications. Is brand also important then or as long as specifications are fine, we're good to go ?
  11. @Gaurav yes Inshallah will soon join you guys for an event, might be fun Thanks all for your inputs. Will update my final decision once it's done in a day or two, whether Geolandar G012 A/T or Geolandar G056 H/T. Spoke to Future Tyres guy also and he's saying yes A/T is best for off-road but some customers get annoyed with the noise on it while driving on road. Let's see!
  12. One last question guys, if I'm getting a tyre free deal on 2017 tyres, is it worth going for, considering I could use them till end of 2022? Or is 2018 the maximum I should consider.
  13. I'm not much of a desert driver as I have too much anxiety when driving on sand (car often gets stuck), but I love offroading in wadis, rock and steep uphill mountain roads. The feedback I'm getting even on the internet seems to be that even if you are an occasional off roader (once a month/ 2 months), use ATS, and not H/T. I'm just stuck in my mind about whether I value noise reduction above better off-road support or not.
  14. I've always been impressed by people that use different tyres for off-roading cuz i always thought this must be such a drag in terms of planning and time commitment. So have to pass on my respects 😀
  15. Just a point on Google Earth problem for Oman @ebotha99, I tried Waze last year in Oman and it worked like a dream. Gives turn by turn directions, identifies potential road cameras in case you want to speed up in the middle of the long drives. It helped me find Yeti / Safa beach on the Qurm / Muscat coast which for some reason I was finding really hard to get to through Google Maps.
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