For those of you that have driven to Dubai via Hatta over the last few years, you may have noticed the worlds slowest construction project slowly move along - the Hatta Border post drive-thru. Being an ex-pat I thought this would mean I'd be able to get my visa on arrival just by driving through the border post (just like in the Al Ain border) and was looking forward to this opening.
It finally opened last week, and I went through it this weekend just passed. It was very slow going, and fast coming back. Here's what I learned, and how it may help you:
1. GCC Citizens only can drive through the kiosks, everyone else has to go inside to get a visa.
2. No one tells you this until you get to a kiosk.
3. The signs installed were clearly not read by anyone who understands English, I didn't take a photo, but they are nonsensical, and totally devoid of any useful information.
4. If you are an expat, get in the left lane, and park where the photo above shows you to.
5. Once you've got your gate pass, don't line up again, get someone to open the barrier closest to the main building and drive through.
6. You don't need to get out of your car when leaving the UAE - you can stamp out at the kiosk without leaving your vehicle
There you go, another instalment to the [MM] Guide to Oman :)