A forty-minute drive west of the airport lies the low-key BARKA. As with many other places along the Batinah coast, the rather sleepy town you see today gives little sense of its former importance, when it was a major centre of local Gulf trade. The original town sits on the coast, just north of the coastal highway – to get here, take the turning off the roundabout by the big Lulu hypermarket and drive for 4km to reach the T-junction in the middle of the town.

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