Embark on a Road Trip from UAE to Oman: All You Need to Know About Routes, Documents

The closeness, easy visas and beautiful scenery make driving to Oman an appealing choice

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Published on June 3, 2024, 15:56:52


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Whether it's a weekend escape from the urban bustle or a brief trip for visa renewal, Oman has emerged as a favoured destination for many UAE residents. Its proximity, hassle-free visa procedures, and stunning landscapes make it an appealing choice for those opting to travel by car.

Over time, there have been alterations in routes and entry requirements. From the latest road updates to essential documentation, here's your comprehensive handbook for a car journey from the UAE to Oman.

Route Choices

Hatta, Al Wajajah Border: For travellers originating from Dubai, the Hatta, Al Wajajah border crossing stands out as the preferred route. It's a direct and secure path, typically covering the distance within 1.5-2 hours, subject to traffic conditions.

Situated approximately 140km from Dubai, motorists navigate via the E102 route. This route is equally convenient for residents from Sharjah, Dubai (particularly areas closer to Sharjah), and other northern emirates, accessible through Mleiha Road. From Mleiha Road, drivers encounter two route options:

  •  The first option is the E84 exit, leading towards Hatta, Fujairah, and Khorfakkan, providing a swift alternative.
  •  The second option involves the Wadi Al Helo, Kalba road, offering a scenic journey through mountains and wadis for those with a leisurely pace in mind.

Meyzad, Hafeet Border:

Abu Dhabi residents may favour the Meyzad, Hafeet border, positioned 180km away from the capital city, while for Dubai residents, the border post is approximately 160km away. Close to Al Ain, this route is ideal for travellers heading towards the southern regions of Oman.

Dibba Border:

If Musandam's vibrant corals and crystalline waters are on your itinerary, the Dibba border route is your best bet. For Dubai residents, the journey spans nearly two hours, covering 146km from the city. This route allows entry to expats without an Oman visa, as well as visit visa holders, with access limited to the Dibba Musandam area.

For those eyeing Musandam's Khasab town, UAE residents can opt for the Al Darrah border crossing from Ras Al Khaimah, with the mountainous emirate lying a mere 35km away. However, an Oman visa is mandatory for entry via this border post.

Required Documentation

Residents embarking on the journey from the UAE must carry the following documents:

  •  Original passport
  •  Original visa or a copy for e-visa holders
  •  Emirates ID
  •  Car registration card (mulkiya)
  •  Orange card, serving as proof of valid car insurance in Oman.

Checkpoint Procedures

En route to Hatta from Dubai, approximately 500 metres before the Omani border, a 'Leaving Hatta' sign marks the proximity of the first checkpoint. This is a UAE checkpoint, where security personnel typically request the car's registration card and passports of all occupants. Here, residents are required to pay the exit fee of Dh35 as they depart the Emirates.

Subsequently, travellers reach the Oman border, undergoing passport control and possibly disembarking from their vehicles to enter the building. Officials stamp passports with entry stamps, usually verifying travellers' Emirates IDs. Exiting this post, some residents may undergo vehicle inspections at the final checkpoint in Oman.

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