It took the form of a two-day outing to an Arabian-style village out in the desert between Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, where there are only dunes upon dunes of desert.
The weather played along nicely, the days were warm without being scorching, and the nights balmy and clear under a dark arabian sky, far removed from any city lights.
Driving out there was briefly interrupted by a stop to take a walk into the desert to take a closer look at some roaming camels. It was not clear whether these animals were free roaming, or whether they belonged to some of several camel farms we came across along the way. Either way, they appeared to be fairly docile and did not mind us getting closer.
Once we arrived at our destination it was time to go camel riding into the desert. Fortunately one does not need to be an experienced rider, there is a friendly gentleman at hand to help you get onto the camel and will lead you out into the desert. All very safe and civilised!
Next on our agenda after the camel ride was a 4×4 excursion into the desert. Not just a casual drive, a real dune-bashing desert thrill-ride with experienced and trained desert drivers that did not hold back and really put the vehicles through their paces, much to our delight and excitement!
Our thrill-ride was briefly interrupted by a stop at a camel farm where we were treated to a tasting of fresh camel milk. Now I’m not much of a milk drinker, but I had to try this. The milk was surprisingly good with a very faint sweet and herb-like taste to it. It still would not convert me to a milk-lover, but the general consensus among us were that it actually tasted quite good.
Back at the village it was time to wind down a bit, and while some of us splashed around in a lovely swimming pool, the rest of us lounged around sipping tall, cool cocktails.
Towards sunset we all headed out of camp and ascended some pretty high dunes for a look-around at the desert surrounding us.
We waited for the sun to set, and was not disappointed when it did!
Back in the village after sunset it was time for a cocktail before heading out to a traditional arabian dinner, under the stars !
No arabian dinner is complete without being entertained by a belly dancer, and this night was not going to be any different !
The next morning we were all a bit tired but content, we had a lovely time out in the desert.
Next time we’ll be going to Turkey – so stay tuned!