There are 3 borders in the Eastern Region of Abu Dhabi (Al Ain City of UAE) going to Buraimi (of Oman); the Al Hili Border, Khatam Al Shukla Border and Al Madheef Border.
For the past decades, the residents of both countries enjoyed an open border and free movement between cities until September 16, 2006, the UAE government required every individual to clear immigrations both for entering and leaving UAE due to security threats and massive influx of tourists leaving the UAE while waiting for the re-entry visit visa.
On the right side of the 1st photo you can see the fences that forms the border between the two countries. Second and third photos are the closer shots of the fences. These shots were taken few meters away from the Al Hili Border immigration post last Monday, March 1, 2010 on our way to Dubai. We had a gloomy and partly cloudy sky.
By the way, Al Madheef Border is an exclusive exit and entry point for the GCC Nationals, Emaratis and school busses to ferry students to Al Ain schools while the Al Hili border is for expat residents and other nationalities.
Am linking this post to Skywatch Friday hosted by Klaus with team members Sylvia, Louise, Sandy, Wren and Fishing Guy. Thank you Skywatch Team.
Word of the day: bilaad or bilad is the arabic word for country. Salaam to all! Happy sky watching!