Category: "Ras al Khaimah"

Visit - 2011

January 2nd, 2012

If you were to visit us this year, here are some of the things that we might make you do. First of all, we would drag you off to Business Bay where we would go to the top of the world's tallest building.

The Burj Khalifa

Once at the top, we would enjoy spectacular views over the city.

Looking north and over the Persian Gulf

We would then hang around until the evening when, along with thousands of other people, we would watch the nightly fountain show.

Join the crowd in front of the Dubai Mall

We would then most likely go north to Ras Al Khaimah, where we used to live, and visit the camel racetrack again (view our post on the races here).

Pacing the camels

If you were interested and inclined, we would give you some camel riding lessons.

Not as easy as it looks!

We would even visit the track to meet some of the local jockeys.

Robot jockey

Our next stop would be one of the awesome beaches...

The beach at the Jumeirah Beach Residences

... where we would eat dates, that of course were grown locally.

Dates growing at the Al Ain Oasis

We would then head for the mountains where I like to go hiking. On the way, we would see lots of flora and fauna including this plant...

Sodom's Apple - somehow, I am thinking of pillars of salt, but that is perhaps another story.

... these birds ...

Bee-eaters - we watch them eat dragon flies in season.

... and goats ...

Just a nice goat

... which would follow us up and up into the mountains.

Climbing up though a wadi and deserted village

Finally, we would take you to the world's third largest mosque, on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi.

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

They offer wonderful tours in English where you can see the world's largest carpet, the world's largest chandelier and a prayer room for 40,000 people.

Jungle Book Hike

December 16th, 2011

Taking advantage of a long weekend, a bunch of guys from the HCT (and me) went off on a hike through the Jungle Book Wadi again. I did this hike about one year ago.

See the Gallery for a full collection of photos

:crazy: A bunch of guys going to climb the walls

The first section of the hike is a 2-3 hour leisurely stroll through boulders...

Large boulders impeded our path :|

... and wide open wadi walls.

Awesome scenery :D

You need to be careful, watch your footing and not stare up at the scenery too much.

Note to self - watch the horns XX(

After a short break in a bowl like area...

B) Dried fruit and water anyone?

... we started to run into waterfalls which forced us to scale the wall at points and creep along ledges.

|-|We were not the first people here - convenient hut

After 3-4 hours into the hike, we were starting to focus on our feet and try to keep going. After all, the entire time, we were going ...

:-/ Going up, but looking down

... up and ...

88| The dreaded "rope"

... up.

:>> Just when you think its over... 45 minute hike straight up to finish!

At the bottom, you can download a Google Earth Placemark.