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veiledsentiments



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't recommend it... unless one has a death wish.

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grahamb



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:20 pm    Post subject: Death Wish! Reply with quote

I'd give motorbikes a miss: road accidents in Oman are a part of daily life and the mortality rate is frightening.

Travelling on baisa taxis is very cheap, but can be hair-raising at times.

I managed to find a friendly (and reasonably reliable) taxi driver who didn't charge the earth.
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Dekadan



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was afraid this might be the case. Are there some areas of Oman that have more laid-back traffic? I think I remember hearing Salalah wasn't as...intense.

Many of my Saudi students back home had lost relatives due to car accidents, one even flying home mid-course because of the death of a brother because of one. What's even more tragic to me is that nothing seems to change. I had other students proudly showing me pictures of maxed out speedometers, videos of drifting and getting cars onto two wheels, as if these were valuable skills and achievements. Instead it puts a desire to imitate in the young, impressionable and not capable and perpetuates the problem.

Sorry, got a little rant-y there. While I'm a motorcycle rider, I try to do it safely and when I see someone do something that's counter to self-preservation... it gets to me!
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madrileno



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dekadan wrote:
Was afraid this might be the case. Are there some areas of Oman that have more laid-back traffic? I think I remember hearing Salalah wasn't as...intense.


Salalah is more slow-paced than the rest of the country, what with it being so far away from everything else.... Except during the kahreef season in the summer, when everyone from all over the gulf and their grandmother descend on the city to enjoy the rain and greenery.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 2:58 pm    Post subject: Motorbikin' Reply with quote

Avoid night-time excursions, especially in Dhofar. I knew someone who couldn't wait to try out his new bike and ventured out at night. He encountered a herd of camels parked in a dip in the road and ran into one of them. He survived the collision (and being dropped by the ambulance crew!), but was in a metal brace for several months afterwards. A surgeon told him he'd come close to being paralysed from the neck down.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is also true in the US. I have two acquaintances who died from motorcycle/deer or motorcycle/moose accidents. Animals on roads at night are a danger for anyone driving anything on a road. Camels, like moose, are tall and tend to go through the windshields of cars... normally fatal to both the animal and those in the front seat.

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Dekadan



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, nighttime riding is dangerous, as well as at dusk and dawn. That's when many animals become active and move around. Potentially dangerous for any vehicle, but motorcycles don't have a shell of plastic and metal around a person. Generally I try to avoid riding at those times, only doing it if it's necessary.

Salalah sounds more my speed, provided I get to choose my location!
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MuscatGary



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They're recruting for Salalah CAS right now....
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MuscatGary



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 6:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a video here which says it all re driving in Oman: http://www.muscatmutterings.com/

The youth hanging out of the car window died....
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Dekadan



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scary to see. That was hard to watch. Sad
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't watch it... there are so many of those videos on youtube of Arabs killing themselves and each other on the roads of the Gulf.

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