A Desert Outing

One of the advantages to having two daughters who live overseas is that we are able to visit places we never dreamed we'd see...and if I am honest, places we didn't even know were on the map until about ten years ago.  Our oldest daughter, especially, has introduced us to places we have only seen in travel magazines or National Geographic, such as Petra and the Dead Sea in Jordan, Liwa in the UAE. This past weekend we returned from visiting her at her home in Dubai.  During the course of our stay we were fortunate to experience a barbecue in the desert, dinner at the Burj Kalifa (the tallest building in the world), an afternoon in Abu Dhabi, and a two day trip to Muscat, Oman.  What follows are some of the highlights:

Rob in the desert

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Sunset over the desert

On the first day of our visit Kate and a group of her friends treated us to a barbecue in the desert at Sharjah.  The desert is my favorite part about being in the UAE.  I never tire of looking at the way the color of the sand shifts throughout the day; one minute yellow ochre, the next a burnt sienna.  It is lovely.

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While in Oman we had the opportunity to visit a souk (marketplace) in Muscat.  The vibrant colors assaulted the senses.

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I especially loved the stained glass atrium ceiling in the center of the souk:

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The landscape in Oman was starkly beautiful, a rocky, mountainous terrain softened by the turquoise blue water of the Gulf of Oman:

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In Abu Dhabi we visited the Grand Mosque, an architectural wonder:

Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

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On our last day in Dubai we went to dinner at the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.  The restaurant where we ate was on the 123 floor:

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The view from the restaurant.

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It was an evening to remember.

As much as we enjoyed visiting these beautiful sites what we loved most was being able to spend time with Kate.  It was a pleasure to meet her lovely friends, visit her favorite places and view her adopted home through her eyes.  Although we miss her terribly and wish we saw her more than a few times a year, we are happy to know that she is leading a fulfilling and contented life.