Escape to Liwa Desert

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.

Herd of camels

Herd of camels

Camel checking Becca out

Camel checking Becca out

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.

Pool at Qasr al Sarab

Pool at Qasr al Sarab

Dan in the resort

Dan in the resort

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.

Becca trekking up the dunes

Becca trekking up the dunes

Dan stopping for a break

Dan stopping for a break

Liwa Desert

Liwa Desert

Qasr al Sarab

Qasr al Sarab

Dan running down the dune

Dan running down the dune

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.

Dan and Rebecca with a falcon

Dan and Rebecca with a falcon

It was a great way to forget about the city and check out the desert.

 

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3 Responses to Escape to Liwa Desert

  1. Uncle Dale says:

    You lucky little … uh people. That looks absolutely fantastic. I wonder if I could make it up those dunes. Down the dunes I could handle. Keep em coming.
    Uncle Dale

  2. Megan says:

    Awesome pics guys!!!!! Love to see all of your adventures. Dan, how are you wearing a dress shirt and a suit jacket in the desert?!

    • danroyerickson says:

      Glad to hear you are enjoying the pics Megan. True, it is the desert, but it is winter here too..just not as cold as back home!

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