It was a long weekend, thanks to the Eid holidays. Our family decided to head to Dibba, Oman (just across the border of UAE and Oman) to visit Six Senses Zighy Bay Resort. I was confident that things would go well.
Earlier the police would require only your original passport or Emirates I.D. to cross the border and vehicles with UAE number plates were able to pass without any issues. I know because I had been there many times though my last visit was in April 2011. You can read my previous post here.
We aimed to leave early but still ended up leaving Abu Dhabi at 1pm only. Six Senses Zighy Bay is quite a long drive from Abu Dhabi.
Anyway, as we were approaching the border I asked my sister to prepare the passports and (their) visa copies. After counting the passports and the number of passengers in the car, the police asked me something again in Arabic which unfortunately I didn’t understand. He made a sign language referring to a document. If I understood him correctly, he was asking for the hotel booking confirmation or gate pass.
To avoid obstructing the queue of cars in the border, the police told me to park on the side. Then I called my contact in the hotel and informed her about the situation. I came to know that the issue was the gate pass. While my contact was verifying the status of our gate pass, the police came again and finally allowed us to pass without that document. It was really a big relief!
I thought that it was the only hurdle but I was mistaken.
As we drove towards the arrival area of Six Senses Zighy Bay, we were stopped again by the Omani police. Surprisingly, they had a checkpoint established just few meters away from the arrival area. The usual routine – checking of driving license, car’s registration number and the compartment – was carried out.
So far everything was going well until they asked for Oman car insurance. Hearing this, my heart beat faster! I was driving a car with UAE number plate and I didn’t have any Oman car insurance.
So I explained (hoping that I would convince the police) that we would not stay long and had visited the place many times but was never asked for local car insurance. Then he looked at us again and finally allowed us to go with a condition that during my next visit I should have a local car insurance.
I really don’t like to be stranded in the border. It makes me nervous even though I am not doing anything wrong.
Anyway, this is just a heads up to those who are planning to travel and stay in Dibba, Oman. If you are staying in hotels, make sure you get the right information (i.e. required documents) to avoid any problems in the border.