The nature outside of Dubai

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A surprised visit by the camels

Dubai is just a concrete city with many superlatives built on the sands of the deserts. But outside of Dubai, there are many places in the vast nature worthwhile a visit. The mountainous area of Hatta in UAE with the Western Hajar Mountains near the Omani borders was an interesting place for camping. We found a nice spot in the nature to set up the tent and during the search, we even came across some camel bones and a camel skull.

It was absolute solitude in the great outdoors except for the few rare occasions where a four wheel drive would drive by, honk to shout hello. We set up the tent, built a fire as it was a windy January day and took the picnic out. Just as we were contentedly tucking in our food and enjoying the nature, we had a surprise visit from some visitors.

Pretty, isn't it? Jamal is the arabic name for camels and it actually means "pretty"
 

Along came a group of camels wandering by the tent! Some camels came roaming the area searching for plants and shrubs to eat. Apparently, these were camels from the farms allowed to roam around in the nature during the day. We got excited and since we had plenty of food and vegetables, we decided to give them a big feast. We started taking out our greens - celery, cucumber, carrots, watermelon, papaya and apples and offered them to the camels. Two particular camels that were not shy had a big feast and even followed us to the tent for more food.  I even offered one of them pickled cucumber but they did not like it and spat it out immediately with disgust. That scene was really hilarious.

On the way back to Dubai, we made a detour to explore another route to leading to some other mountains and had yet another pleasant surprise.

Along came the 3 camels followed by 2 more later
We stopped by a wadi to look at the water and there was an Arabic family doing the same. We chatted with and soon were invited to share their dinner. It was enjoyable sitting on the carpet, chatting with new friends, having dinner while watching the sun set beyond the mountains, except that it got really windy and chilling me right to the bones. The locals in the smaller villages were actually really friendly people.

We went on the following day to explore a route that would lead to a camping and picnic site in Oman. In this part of the UAE, there are some pockets of areas and towns which actually belong to Oman without any border control. We saw some wild donkeys along that way but they were too shy and ran away before we could even approach them. There was not even a chance to offer them any cucumbers.

Although we could not find the camping site, we nevertheless had great fun along the way exploring two tiny Omani villages nestling under the Western Hajar Mountains and having a picnic lunch under the shady dates trees. It was interesting to see the wadis and the irrigation system the villages had set up for their date plants.

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A surprised visit by the camels
A surprised visit by the camels
Pretty, isnt it? Jamal is the ara…
Pretty, isn't it? Jamal is the ar…
Along came the 3 camels followed b…
Along came the 3 camels followed …
Enjoying a watermelon in the great…
Enjoying a watermelon in the grea…
Feeding them now with celery
Feeding them now with celery
Feeding the camels with cucumber
Feeding the camels with cucumber
A conversation with Jamal
A conversation with Jamal
Coming to the tent and begging for…
Coming to the tent and begging fo…
Have an enjoyable feast of the rem…
Have an enjoyable feast of the re…
Enjoying the peacefulness of nature
Enjoying the peacefulness of nature
The tent flapping away in the stro…
The tent flapping away in the str…
It was a cold and windy January da…
It was a cold and windy January d…
In the direction to Sudiyah in Oma…
In the direction to Sudiyah in Om…
The arid wilderness
The arid wilderness
Wadi
Wadi
The sighting of a donkey
The sighting of a donkey
Direction to picnic ground in Oman
Direction to picnic ground in Oman
A wadi
A wadi
The bare but majestic Hajar Mounta…
The bare but majestic Hajar Mount…
The arid landscape
The arid landscape
Taking a nap in the shade
Taking a nap in the shade
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photo by: mountaingirl