GPS co-ordinates for the tombs: N24° 2′ 43.2″ / E55° 48′ 02.5″GPS co-ordinates for crossing the berm that lies between the road and Jebel Hafeet: N24° 2′ 40.9″ / E55° 50′ 31.8″3.
The passengers stated that it was a "beautiful, sunny and calm day" when the accident occurred.
I am assuming that a local pilot may have been on-board at the time, although it is less than clear who was in control of the cruise ship when it damaged the piers and boats.
Referred to as Hafeet or Mezyad graves, and probably robbed in antiquity, they were reused during later periods, particularly during the Iron Age, as indicated by the bronze objects, soapstone vessels and beads that have been found here.
It is a great place to soak up the peacefulness this barren land has to offer, and there are always camels in the area for a up-close-and-personal experience of these curious creatures.
An energy of isolation and remoteness cloak the flat, rock strewn landscape at the foot of Jebel Hafeet, despite the fact that the city can be seen from here.
The early inhabitants of this area chose the northern escarpment and eastern slopes of this monolith that rises 1200 metres above sea level to bury their dead.Over 500 tombs have been found here, and although most have been lost to development, the ones on the eastern side are protected.A small group of these beehive tombs have been restored to show what they originally looked like and how they were built.The ship is on day ten of a 12 day cruise that departed Venice on October 4, and was scheduled to arrive in Barcelona on October 15, for an overnight stay before ending the cruise on October 16." struck a rail bridge, last night, crushing the wheelhouse and killing two officers who were navigating the ship.The ship came to rest under the rail bridge and a pedestrian bridge which paralleled the rail bridge. The dead officers were a 49-year-old who was at the helm of the vessel and a 33-year-old man.Not much remains, but the beauty and quiet that can be found here in the dawn hours are rivalled only by the breath-taking views of the location.