It never ceases to amaze me how much there is to do here. I love it!
There is a free, weekly magazine called Abu Dhabi Weekly that highlights all the events and happenings around the city and we always make it a point to pick one up. Well, a few weeks ago, the cover highlighted an article about some great off-road trips in the UAE – to promote Explorer’s book on the topic – and gave a few ideas/coordinates of places to go. There was an awesome picture on the cover of a fossilized sand dune, and turns out you can go see some just outside Abu Dhabi city…and it’s not really “off-roading”. Perfect for us right now.
So, of course I dragged the fam out there.
In between an air base, a prison, and a water treatment plant is an area with these wind-swept fossil dunes/sand formations, and a couple of camel farms. They are located just a bit off the road, where flat desert leads to fossil dunes and then up a small incline to smaller sand dunes. It’s not of Moab proportions, but still fun to explore and find! We parked and got out to walk around them a little bit and take pictures, being careful to try to not disrupt anything, nature-wise. I was like, can we just walk around them? Is that OK? But there are some abandoned tires, trash, and animal bones out there, so…hopefully some big pregnant lady taking pictures isn’t much of a concern.
It was actually a pretty cool outing. Only about a 30-45 minute drive from our house, and I got to play with my camera and a few different lenses. We made it out there mid-day, so the lighting wasn’t the most interesting, but it let me exercise some creativity out in a different kind of nature.
Also close by is the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve, which I’ve heard great things about visiting with kids, and look forward to do so in the future. In addition to that, if you keep driving through the desert (with the proper directions) you can make it to the Emirates National Auto Museum, which also looks awesome to visit!
Someday, when I’m not pregnant, and we have time, and the kids can be wrangled easily enough, we’ll be checking out more outdoor opportunities and adventures here in the UAE and Oman (the mountains are calling my name). I’m looking forward to it.