The Gulf

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  • Day262

    Leaving towards Bandar Abbas

    January 12 ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Once moving south, the weather became warmer and the landscape greener. How pleasant everything looks, once it has the green tinge. It was so beautiful hadn’t I seen green for so many months!
    Finally, I reached the Persian Gulf. The last few days of my visa I decided to spend on Qeshm, an island in the Gulf. Weather conditions like in Port Hedland, that means a pleasant warmth this time of the year, sweet after these last cold months.
    On Qeshm I have chosen one of the many wild camping spots on my overlander app and I could not believe to meet Boris and Leah from Switzerland here who I happened to meet on and off and always unplanned since Uzbekistan, and a German couple Louis and his girlfriend who I had met in Shiraz. So much for coincidence!
    It was nice to spend 3 days with them and some Iranians here on the beach, talking, eating and taking walks together until it was time for me to leave to Bandar Abbas to catch the ferry to the Emirates.
    In the night before leaving I started to rain and the roads on Qeshm were close to unpassable for my car but I made it off the island. Once arrived in Bandar Abbas the traffic came to a near halt due to flooding of the roads.
    Refuelling diesel in Iran can be quite difficult, do you need a diesel card, which you cannot get as a tourist. So you rely on
    a) diesel being available at a petrol station, which is not always the case. Particularly in areas close to borders to other countries diesel is scarce as they want to avoid the cheap Iranian diesel being smuggled out of the country.
    b) either the petrol station having a fuel card or if they don’t have one, a truck driver giving you some of his allocation
    Now Bandar Abbas being close to the border, all the petrol stations I had driven past had long queues of trucks awaiting diesel delivery. Finally in Bandar Abbas I drove into a petrol station that apparently had both: a diesel card and diesel. As I was driving on my last drop, I was over the moon.
    He fills my tank, and at about 40l it occurs to me that this does not smell like diesel, so I ask him. And shock horror, there was a misunderstanding and instead of diesel he had filled in Petrol. Bugger!! One and a half hours later I had my tank emptied and refilled with diesel, and was ready to leave!
    The next morning the ferry service to UAE was cancelled due to bad weather, and because my visa was to expire on that day I had to get an extension. Had I known, I could have spent a few more days relaxing on Qeshm.
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  • Day44

    Taxi ride with Thaxi

    November 6, 2019 ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    We're both awake really early so decide to go ahead with my idea of an early morning walk on the Corniche. We're there by about 05.30. The traffic is a vast improvement on yesterday but this time of the morning simply isn't going to be a viable option to be getting around.

    We potter around looking at all the moored wooden dhows. There's no evidence that any of these are working boats nowadays.

    We're paused on the Corniche when we're approached by a taxi guy offering a tour up to the city and the exclusive Pearl residential area. After a bit of dithering we decide to go for it. If we don't, we probably won't see that part of the city at all. His name begins with Th but that's all John catches so I'll just refer to him as Thaxi.

    First off is the best view across the water to the City. Then we head into the City, with a considerate stop by Thaxi for me to nip into the Western toilet at Costa. Parts of the City are a lot less developed than they look from a distance.

    We chat about all the road and construction works going on. As we expected, everything is the build up for the World Cup in three years. There are 6 new stadia, a metro system and a whole new hotel area with 38 new hotels going up. Thaxi also told us that for the duration of the competition the almost exclusive ban on alcohol will be lifted and it will be widely available citywide.

    We swing by the Pearl, the Andalucian quarter and Little Venice, complete with the Rialto Bridge. All very nice and I'm glad we did this trip. And, largely, the traffic was fine.
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  • Day25

    Auf dem Weg zurück nach Maskat, Oman

    November 12, 2019 ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Nach dem aufregenden Tag gestern genießen wir bei herrlichem Wetter einen Seetag, der uns von Doha zurück nach Maskat, Oman bringen wird. Um 15.30 Uhr sind wir auf der Straße von Hormus unterwegs in Sichtweite zur omanischen Küste und gaaaaanz weit weg von der iranischen Küste.Read more

  • Day19

    Unterwegs auf der Straße von Hormus

    November 6, 2019 ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Die Straße von Hormus ist eine an der engsten Stelle nur ca. 40 km breite Meeresenge, die den Persischen Golf mit dem Golf von Oman (Arabisches Meer) verbindet.

    Nach einem entspannten Tag mit Lesen, Spielen, Unterhaltung gehen wir heute Abend in die Show von Davie Howes, der neben Klavier auch fantastisch Trompete spielt im Zusammenspiel mit der Schiffsband.Read more

  • Day27

    Seetag Richtung arabische Emirate

    March 9 ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    Heute eigentlich ein ruhiger Seetag. Am Abend ist die Show „das Supertalent“ Den ganzen Tag waren die Castings. Eine gewisse Nervosität ist zu spüren 🤩
    Fürs Protokoll: ich war nicht beim Casting, mache also nicht mit.
    Nur falls sich jemand auf peinliche Beiträge gefreut hat😉
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  • Day12

    Katar (Doha) und Bahrain (Manama)

    December 8, 2017 ⋅ 🌬 18 °C

    Von Dubai ging es dann mit „Mein Schiff“ 🚢 weiter nach Doha der Hauptstadt von Katar 🇶🇦 mit ihrer beeindruckenden Skyline 🌃 am
    Persischen Golf .
    Auch hier entschlossen wir uns den Markt zu besuchen der mit seiner riesigen Auswahl an Gewürzen beeindruckte.
    Anschließend ging es noch ins Museum für Arabische Geschichte ein Bauwerk mit einer wunderbar Architektur von dem Architekten der auch die Pyramiden im Pariser Louvre entwarf.
    Sehr interessant und nur zu empfehlen da es bemüht ist Kunstschätze aus ganz Arabien zu erhalten und vor dem Bürgerkrieg zu retten. Dazu steht der Schwester des Königs die für die Museen zuständig ist ca. 1. Milliarde Dollar im Jahr zur Verfügung.

    Dann ging es weiter nach Bahrain 🇧🇭 mit seiner Hauptstadt Manama
    Nach meiner Meinung eine nicht so schöne Stadt. Vielleicht etwas grüner als die anderen aber auch sehr aufstrebend, überall wird noch gebaut
    Aber dafür in Besitz einer Formel 1 Rennstrecke 😊

    Heute haben wir einen Seetag auf dem Weg nach Abu Dhabi, der Hauptstadt der Emirate (VAE)
    Bin schon gespannt, soll auch eine Stadt der Superlative sein.
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  • Day15

    Hormuz Strait - Persischer Golf

    December 19, 2017 ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Auf unserem letzten Seetag dieser Kreuzfahrt sind wir soeben im Persischen Golf angekommen. Leider war es sehr diesig, weshalb wir in der "Hormuz Strait" nicht viel vom Festland sehen konnten.

    Zur Feier des Tages haben wir uns ein Eis gegönnt und uns mal wieder den Sonnenuntergang angesehen.:)Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Persian Gulf, Persischer Golf, The Gulf, 1- خليج فارس, al-khalīj al-fārisī, Bahr Faris, Golfo di Persia, Golfo Persico, Golfo Pérsico, khalīj-e-Fārs, Khalīj-e Fārs, Khalīj Fāris, Khalīj-i Fārs, Persidski Zaliv, Persijos įlanka, Sinus Persicus, The Persian Gulf, الخليج الفارسي, بحر فارس, خلیج ایران, خلیج فارس, دریای پارس, سینوس پرسیکوس, شاخاب پارس

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