The great thing about living in Dubai is that in a mere 20 minutes you are smack bang in the middle of the desert. By this I mean rolling dunes and being surrounded by an ocean of sand for as far as you can see. It's easy to forget this point when you live amidst the impressive architectural skyscrapers (the twisty tower near the marina is almost complete and looks fab).
To show my mum a different side of Dubai we drove only 45 minutes from the Springs (it would be only half an hour from Arabian Ranches) to the luxury desert resort of Bab al Shams. Imagine swimming in an infinity pool with your vision running seamlessly from the pool water to a rolling sea of orange sand? It's a great hotel to have a nose around with lots of private nooks fitted out with comfty cushions.
This place is so memorable and is a MUST visit. If your dollars won't stretch to an overnight stay then do as we do (and hundreds of other residents) and head to the roof terrace for sunset cocktails. We got there about 4.30pm and ordered the girls a pizza for their tea, a mocktail for me (the driver), a beer for my step-dad and a Taste of the Desert cocktail for my mum.
By 5.15ish the camels paraded out to the dunes and the 'birds of prey man' sat on the sands. This offers some prime photo opportunities - I got brilliant shots of Charlotte and Emily holding a hawk. Charlotte and I rode a camel, but Emily was petrified.
Sunsets are normally amazing from here, but the recent strange weather put pay to that today - the sun was gone in a blink. That left us just about enough time for another round of drinks (the bill came to AED330) and a chance for the girls to show off their dancing in time to the Eastern music being played live on the terrace.
As we left Bab al Shams (at about 7.30) the place was flickering with candles dotted all over the hotel and even floating on the hotel pools...magical
About this blog...
I set up this blog to reveal what real life is like here in the UAE - the good and the bad. I'll chat about what I've been up to, Dubai news and developments, my thoughts about expat life here (and in general) and reports about my holidays and adventures in the region (travel is my bag after all).