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Que at Buraimi Border

Que at Buraimi Border

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Bruraimi (pronounce Buramee) is Omans half of the Al-Ain oasis. Most of the things to see are in Al-Ain proper in the UAE, but since there are no border formalities here, this isn't much of a problem. Hotels are a lot cheaper in Buraimi, so staying here and hopping over to Al-Ain might be an idea.

Note that the UAE taxis have meters and do cruise around in the Omani part of town, but refuse to use them while in Oman or even when driving to Oman. Haggle or have yourself driven to the roundabout on the border and walk if your hotel is close. Note also that most Omani shops will readily accept UAE currency, but the other way around is much more of a problem.

Please note that starting from September 1st most probably, there will be a border checkpoint with all formalities between Al Ain and Al Buraimi. 

Under growing security threats the Border controls have now been implemented on September 16th at Hilli which is around 8 kilometers away near the traditional camel market. The border near Al Ain town centre is now only open to GCC nationals, clearly signposted, otherwise you will be diverted to Hilli and will need a valid UAE visit visa. You can experience long delays at the new checkpoint at times. You will be entering Buraimi via a delapidated industrial area, keep going the traditional souk, fort are a couple of kilometers further in towards the commercial district.  These border controls will be extended to many areas of Oman and the UAE which have been open for decades.

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September 20, 2006 change by andylaw (2 points)

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