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Buraimi (Buraymi) is a town in Northern Oman and the capital of the Al Buraymi governate.


Buraimi is an oasis town in on the border of the United Arab Emirates. The adjacent city on the UAE's side of the border is Al Ain.

Buraimi is considerably smaller than the adjoining city of Al Ain and is visibly less affluent. Streets in Buraimi are not named and development could be considered 'piece meal' with large villas often appearing some metres from roads, footpaths do not occur away from the main streets.

Before the relocation of the border (see above) it was fairly common for expatriates from Al Ain to rent villas and apartments as they were roughly 50% of the cost of an equivalent villa/apartment in Al Ain, however the change in border policy has led many of these expatriates to relocate to Al Ain due to long waiting times at the border checkpoints during peak traffic hours.

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For many decades there has been an open border between Buraimi and Al Ain in the UAE. In 2006 this border was relocated to an area around Hili (Hili Border Post) some 8 km away from the traditional open border (Madheef Border Post) near Al Ain which is now closed to all except Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) nationals.

Passing through the Hili Border Post requires stamping out of the UAE. For most people, this will require a trip to the nearest Oman border post (Wadi Jizi) in order to stamp into Oman. You must be stamped into one country or the other to avoid incurring daily penalty fees. For many residents of the UAE having high enough job categories, you can stamp out at the Hili Border and visit Buraimi for the day without going to the Oman border post to stamp in and out.

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Transport in and around Buraimi is by taxi, which like the majority of taxis in Oman are coloured orange and white. Drivers accept payment in both Omani Riyals(OR) and United Arab Emirate Dirhams(AED), a trip within the township of Buraimi will generally cost no more than 0.5 OMR. Trips out to the LuLu's Supermarket are now running 1 OMR and often 2 OMR for a return trip. Longer trips to the Wadi Jizi border post will cost 5 OMR.

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Buraimi, like the rest of Oman, features many historic forts in varying condition. The largest mosque in Buraimi is the Masjid Sultan Qaboos. "Fossil Valley" found to the East of the Buraimi township contains many fossilised remains of prehistoric sea creatures.

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Travel Warning
Visa Restrictions:

Entry for non GCC-nationals are at the Hill-border-post in the north. Israeli citizens cannot use their Israeli passports to enter the UAE. If you leave from a trip in Oman, note that the Omani border-station is almost 50km before the city of Buraimi. You'd need to show your passport to enter the city-region, but you must step-out and get your Omani exit-stamp there, even if you intend to leave at the Hill-crossing in town. If you fail to do this. Rip-off taxis wait outside the border-post to take you to the Omani border-post and back to get the stamp.

Leaving Buraimi to the UAE now [as of 2015-02-19] requires answering a security questionnaire and waiting for approval/clearance.

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This article contains content from Wikipedia's Al_Buraimi_Governorate article. View that page's revision history for the list of authors.