Mahdah is a little bit of Oman you can reach from Dubai without crossing any borders (in fact, if you wanted to get here from Muscat, you’d need a permit to cross the UAE-Oman border at Hatta).
It’s a pretty place; a bit flatter than what one is used to in Muscat, but compared to Dubai it’s like another world. As someone who grew up in a landscape like the ones represented below, and then moved to a city where ‘vertical elevation’ meant a skyscraper and nothing else, it was like coming home. Not quite the spectacular scenery you find, say, on the way to Yitti via the long route from Rustaq, or even the river-beds at Nakhl or Wadi Hoquain, but still worth the trip.
Plus the day was gorgeous, partly cloudy, partly sunny, partly magical.
(note: click on the individual pics to see larger versions)