Posted by: englishdubai | August 22, 2006

Bab Al Shams

A friend of mine was keen to explore a place called “Bab Al Sham” – he saw the sign posted on the large roundabout where Dubailand will be built. At the weekend we jumped into his huge 4×4 (Nissan Armada) and took the short drive of 37km through the desert.

The drive was actually quite interesting as at certain intervals there were large billboards of landscapes of various “world projects” that are being planned…for instance there was “Europa” and “Americas” – it all looked rather impressive.

Soon enough we arrived at Bab Al Shams – it is basically a luxury resort out in the desert. They offer lots of outdoor activities such as horse riding and falconery, also they put on traditional Arabic evening entertainment with Sheesha and belly dancing – sadly I did not get to see any of that on my short visit.

We had a little nose around and saw the very nice pool area but were not able to get into any of the rooms as they were fully booked at the time.

What did get our attention was the smell of grilled chicken kebabs – so my friend stopped in and tried their buffet lunch. It was excellent with a really good variety of food – my favourites being the grilled chicken kebab and the handmade ice cream. At 165AED not including beverages it was a little expensive but in the middle of the desert not many other options presented themselves.

The rack rate for a room starts at 1600AED a night (that is a lot!) but they have special offers at around half that price. I would go there for a weekend break providing the weather cooled down a little. The infamous “hair-dryer” wind was in effect and gave an amazing burning sensation on the toes of my flip-flopped feet. How people were enjoying the pool was a little beyond me in what felt like 50C temperatures.


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