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Driving down from the heights, we came across a wedding. Several hundred men wearing white thobes – traditional ankle length robes – and headdresses had gathered under a tent by the road on the outskirts of an arid town. Suddenly there was the crack of gunfire. “Are they allowed to have guns at weddings?”  I shouted to Badr as another volley of shots rang out. “Not in the rest of Oman, and certainly not somewhere like Dubai. But remember, out here,” he replied with a smile, “we’re in the wilderness.”

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The article ‘Oman’s sleepy Musandam Peninsula’ was published in partnership with Lonely Planet Magazine.

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