Last weekend, Rebecca and I left the city behind and set out for the Liwa Desert. The Liwa is the northern most reach of the sand dune desert of Rub al Khali which extends well into Saudi Arabia. Its huge sand dunes are a sight to be seen.
On the way, Rebecca spotted many of the resident camels so we stopped to get some pictures. We checked into the desert resort of Qasr al Sarab which means Mirage Fort in English. It was built to resemble a desert fortress of days past. It’s location in the solitude and quiet of the “Empty Quarter” makes it such a great escape. We were greeted with a welcome drink of camel milk and dates and a mini massage from the spa personnel.
Our room was fantastic with such detail and comforts. It had a balcony that overlooked the Bedouin tent village, wadi and imposing dunes. We had a nice lunch and then spent some time by the pool. We were feeling ambitious so we decided to climb the nearby sand dune. Such great views from up top and the best was running down the steep side of the dune. We still had a some juice left in us so we played a little tennis.
We were served a wonderful dinner and had a well deserved glass of vino. We slept in the next morning and had a buffet breakfast. We met the falconer at the front door after checking out and got to take a few pictures with the falcon.
It was a great way to forget about the city and check out the desert.