|When it rains, it pours|
Also no local buses stopped there, only the long distance buses that went to Dubai, Al Ain and elsewhere.
A very kind guy asked if we were in trouble and helped us locate a bus stop ... that turned out to be entirely wrong, but another guy did get it right so we hopped the number 11 to Al Mina.
2 dihrams each for bus fare is the equivalent of a bargain. About 50 cents. Everything is subsidised here.
The harbour and various markets are really tatty but functional. The dhows looked as though they had seen better days and it seems a bit of a wonder to think that these boats used to go out in summertime on pearling expeditions when the men would be out on the sea for 120 days at a stretch. Maybe they were more sturdy than they look.
|Not every mosque is as impressive as the Grand Mosque|
|This guy was de-gutting shrimp|
|Dozens if not hundreds of fish pots|
The restaurants in and near the market were pretty scuzzy looking and clearly operated for the local workers and other call in orders. The map I'd found showed a restaurant that turned out to be closed when we passed there around 12 noon (it was open and thronged by the time we passed going the other way 2+ hours later... I guess lunch time here is later than in the west) but a few doors along we found the Al Mina Fish Restaurant which happily was open.
The restaurant was divided into 2 parts, one part being regular tables and chairs but the other was divided up along traditional lines with patrons sitting on cushions and mats and taking their shoes off to eat. That side was jammed whilst ours was half empty.
It was an absolute gem.
As it turned out we had the local Haroumi fish (endangered, sorry) deep fried along with tandoori grilled locally caught shrimps. Just fantastic!
Before we hopped on the bus back to the bus station (and Al Whama Mall) we gave the fruit & veg market and the date market a once over. All the F&V were imported which was quite disappointing but the date market was enormous and jammed with loads of different types of date... that we'd eaten in the desert a few days earlier. Still sweet and yummy though.
But I think we nailed the buses though!