December 2nd is National Day in the UAE and this year marked the 41st year that the seven emirates unified to form a country. There was a parade downtown complete with camels, floats, musicians and other patriotic pageantry. Doesn’t that sound like fun? Well, it doesn’t to my husband. While I read the description, all he heard was “traffic, no parking, crowds of people, tired, grumpy children….” So we didn’t go. Instead, we decided to drive to the town of Hatta. It’s only an hour from Dubai and you have to cross a bit of Oman, and then re-enter the UAE, to get there. It was such a pleasant, stress-free, simple yet satisfying afternoon. Usually, when we take these little excursions, we
get lost take scenic detours or something is closed that was supposed to be open. We were lucky this time around though and all went as planned. Despite being only an hour away, its landscape is completely different from Dubai; it looks very much like Oman which makes sense given its proximity. Here are a few photos.
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