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The route was a simple loop. The outbound was north from Muscat along the coast to Barka, then the road to the UAE, through fort towns Nakhal, Rustaq, and stopping in UNESCO-listed Bat to see its ‘beehive tombs,’ holding the remains of as many as 200 people. The road was two-lane and slow going, filled with cargo trucks plying the UAE-Oman route. Did not reach Bat until early afternoon. Temperature was hot. Restaurants were closed for the weekend.
The landscape of Bat and its UNESCO-listed ‘beehive tombs,’ most in disrepair, the best requiring time and a 4×4. I had neither, so settled for the crumpled ones more easily accessible.
The irrigation canals of the region, aflaj, are UNESCO-listed, too.