Trip to Musandam Governorate
Friday the thirteenth is considered as a bad omen by many of people around the world, when one of my friend introduced regarding the trip to Musandam makes me sober from the unconsciousness inflicted upon me by the monotonous work, and I was really eager to know how the trip will be on 13th Friday 2017.Before we move to Oman I would like to write about Dibba. Dibba is the second largest city in AL Fujairah located on the north eastern part of UAE estranged from all the other manifestations of a city life which is nearby Hassan Dibba shares border with Sultanate of Oman. Dibba is exclusively surrounded by natural frontier of Rocky Mountains which is accommodating natural dents and being a habitat for many small animals like fox, rabbits, and wild porcupines and these Rocky Mountains are the main attraction while we ride on the road. Beaches with green and blue water with sparkling sand making this city’s serenity and beauty unleashed, and this is naturally exalts the city’s fame and entice visitors more and more to this land
We started the journey at 09.30 from Dibba theatre (since we folks living in Dibba only) other families were also waiting, whom they might have come from other emirates. The sponsor of the tour company who was an Oman national called out our names and we raised our hands; evoked the memory of raising hands while names being called out by our main teacher in the lower primary school. We shared some lighter moments with him and he wished us for a happy journey .Coordinator Sunny gave us the route map and a lane of vehicles disguised as a procession started roaring and headed towards the check post. UAE army and police border check post was situated near Hassan Dibba, another beautiful silent place in UAE, which is a part of the Sharjah Emirate. We had seen vehicles lying near by the check post waiting their turn to carry their masters to the AL Mina port in Sultanate of Oman. While the neat dressed young police officer came to our car and we handed over the Passports to him, he verified and said Khalas, meaning finished. We crossed the gate and the great welcome sign board I had read while on the move, was written as
Welcome to Sultanate of Oman
Musandam Governorate Wilayat Dibba
Within twenty minutes we had reached AL Mina port by travelling straight from the check post, and people from other sides too were waiting near the parking area allotted for the tourists, and I had seen enthusiasm on their face to embark the boat to explore great Musandam .Tourists including us moved in a single lane by laughing and teasing each other towards the boat dock. I had seen a number of decorated tourist boats were tied in a single rope from one end to the other as such these naughty guys otherwise would float and sail towards the deep sea without the instruction of his master.
Nobody likes to be in the iron fetters, people always requires the fresh air of freedom, the brightness of sunlight, silence of the darkness ,twinkling of the stars. But the freedom which receiving us is an illusion, and we receive it as something someone granted. Someone may offend this statement, if the boat is not sailing according to the instruction of his master, It would have destroyed and end up himself by the capricious storm and the rough sea, but I defend my statement, at least the boat can see its limits itself. Entangled to someone’s orders and instructions would never show us our limits and will languish our growth ourselves. Everything will destroy today or tomorrow, there is nothing immortal, but to discover the path to reach the destiny should be taken clearly listening to our voice only.
We aboard the boat round around 11.00hrs, and the flowing of tourists with SLR camera hanging on their neck and bags to hold their items were not finished until 12.00 hrs. , Everyone was interested to sit at the top of the deck only. Within one hour the boat was filled with 49 guests, I overheard the policeman’s talk with the boat driver; he came there to inspect the number of guests. Mr. Sohail (boat operator) started the engine and boat was behaving like a child whom his mother awakened him from a tight sleep and was errant for some time. Finally he obeyed to his master: maybe he has offered him some good offer.
Boat was sailing slowly on the blue dyed water silently between the hard rock Mountains surrounded on either side of the sea, and I could see the port was far away from our carrier. I and Mr. Paul were standing at the corner of the deck and the cold breeze was always passing us and the other tourists on the deck. I looked around as If I was seeing the world for the first time. The world was beautiful and colorful! And I felt like the world is a palette in creators hand with a mixture of colors on it to complete a painting .Here blue, here green, here yellow, and here white: the sky! The sea! The Mountains, Yes the World is beautiful and magical, and in its midst we live.
Most of the couple were busy taking selfies ,and the boat operators arranged refreshments and we had had number of hot coffees making us warmth to stand there to watch around .I was eagerly looking around the sea to get a glimpse of dolphins ,but it was in vain. No dolphins were caught on our sight to make our trip an epic one. At around 12.00 hrs. we had reached near to the Haffa Beach and the boat was halted some nautical miles away from the beach to start the adventure .Operators gave instruction to wore the life jacket and the people who are interested to swim to the beach could able to do that. By hearing these instructions some of the bravest one already dived to the sea, and they went to the deepest part and I could see the rays of happiness and braveness ejected from their body penetrated all of us .The rays had bolstered everyone to jump from the top of the deck including me and the most of us.
I pondered for some time by standing on the deck, without wasting much time, I jumped from a height of 15 foot to the sea to the deep water: While I was on the air I forget everything regarding myself, I forget what was happening around me, I lost control of myself, I perceived I couldn’t do anything on the air but to fall deep into the water and I was like on a mystical contemplation concentrated only on the water. I let myself sank down to a deep of 2 meters and I saw the water around me was showering water bubbles upon me as such they were happy to receive me with great applause. Life jacket helped me to reach back to the surface of water by gulping a huge quantity of salt water.
I laughed; I laughed like hell and reached to the epitome of happiness. Everyone around me jumped to the water without thinking about the consciousness, by the time they had given up their fear to awake themselves. Most of the brave hearts already reached to the beach side. We spend some good moments in the beach and people used mask and we went deep into the water. We had seen the glittering treasures and joy underneath the water in the form of colored shells and corals .Now the next adventure brought by the operators – Banana boat, indeed it looks like a banana painted in yellow color too. Operators had tied the banana boat on another speed boat and we went some nautical distance inside from the beach on the speed boat, by reaching at a particular distance away from the beach, operators instructed us to sit on the banana boat. Here too I lost myself and sat patiently on the surface of it. Operator started to accelerate the speed boat and the banana boat was moved like a meteor behind the speed boat, he endeavored to overthrow us from the banana boat and that was the fun behind this ride. Finally he drove the speed boat in high acceleration and attempted to climb swiftly above the wave and made us to fall depth into the sea. For a moment I was literally unconscious and I thought I was the only one fall apart from the banana .I was under the sea for a matter of second and I had seen the water was dancing around me, suddenly I pushed myself with the help of life jacket and saw everyone was around me on the sea itself, we laughed each other and I thought, perhaps the grievances each one of us bearing everyday had washed away by that genuine laugh. Boat operator came back and we embarked on the speed boat headed towards the main boat.
After the meals we had seen local children of age between ten and fifteen riding speed boat. I waved my hands to them as is the customary among travelers to bless the host whom they are received by. I saw the happiness on their faces by receiving water bottles and fresh fruits from our boat. They are living in the settlements near to the Haffa beach on the mountains and their source of income is fishing. Children were enjoying their school vacation by helping their parents in fishing. From the Boat operator I learned that there are number of settlements on that isolated mountain region .The biggest settlement is Lima, population is four hundred to five hundred and it was around three hours journey from Haffa to Lima, due to the caveat from the police we were not allowed to sail towards Lima, and people are using vehicles inside Lima settlement. All the other settlements men are using boat as their only conveyance mode to transport the food and to meet the daily activities.
Since the wind strength had tremendously high and the boat driver retreated the journey back to the port. Operator was accustomed to the sea and he managed to get out of the fearful wind without making any anxiety. Sun was on his way to set down on the distant white clad mountains.We reached the port by 06.00 in the evening.
World’s most priceless thing which we can obtain in our life time is the wisdom, and it is ineffable and the non-movable thing which we could experience only while travelling and by reading books: and it will make the mankind more compassionate and humble towards the fellow being. As Fyodor Dostoyevsky says compassion is the only principle perhaps the mankind still exist.
Travel and Learn
Jackson Gebrieal Joseph