My love of hiking and exploring different areas grew just a bit more this season. With such great weather, I was able to seize many opportunities to get outside and go hiking in the UAE! One hike I found and really loved was the Camel Farm Hike near Shawka. The hike itself, at approximately 4km in and 4km out, is not that difficult for most adults and children to handle. However, you are walking through an uneven wadi which can be surprisingly tiring on your legs (knees especially.) Family and friends have joined me many times and everyone says the same thing "I can't believe this is only an hour from Dubai and we never get out to enjoy it." The Camel Farm Hike has interesting scenery, the right distance for a half day hike, and my favourite feature-seeing camels!Read More
At this time of year in the UAE, the statement coming out of everyone's mouth is "wow, can you believe how beautiful this weather is?" With only a few short months to enjoy the milder climate, we need to be outside as much as possible because before we know it, back into the oven we go.Read More
Finally, after months of baking in an oven in Dubai, we can get outside and enjoy the fresh air. I love the thought of being out of the A/C and taking long trail walks soaking up the scenery, but where do you do this in the UAE? Unfortunately, trails are not well groomed and marked here like they are in other countries so it is a bit overwhelming for me to know where to begin. I was happy to come across UAE Trekkers who helped solve this problem by offering a range of organized hikes around the region.
Nicole and I happily signed up for the "Tuesday Ladies Hike" in Ras al-Khaimah. It was only an hour drive from Dubai to our meeting point in RaAK and then a bit of an off-road journey to the trailhead. We spent the next 3 glorious hours, outside, climbing over rocks, chatting, and taking in the spectacular scenery in the UAE's rocky mountains. What a great break from the city life of Dubai. We will definitely be going back!
A little added bonus was finding a few beautiful doors along the way. Can you imagine if your garden gate looked like this? Gorgeous.