Oh, the surprises we stumbled across during our time In United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman. We expected the wealth, but the incredibly friendly faces, hospitality and how safe we felt amongst these people amazed us.
The compilation of video snippets highlights our journey from the wealth of Dubai crossing through dry desert landscapes on our way to the unknown lands of Oman. In Dubai we lost ourselves in shopping malls and craned our necks to view skyscrapers disappearing into the clouds. In Oman we cycled up incredibly steep roads and plummeted down the other side to small villages where locals welcomed us as if they were expecting our arrival.
The video includes a trip to the “Empty Quarter”, an enormous desert that connects Saudi Arabia, UAE and Oman. There, we were guests of a kind Emirate man named Ali. We stayed with his friends, ate mountains of rice and sipped chai after chai together, we roamed endless sand dunes and enjoyed the millions of stars by night that only a desert can reveal.
Oman is a bicycle tourist dream. Oases (called Wadis) spot every crack in the creased mountain ranges. Pitching our tent by a trickling oasis, cooking chai as you listen to the wind sway the palms above was pure bliss. The Omani and Emirate people are so respectful of privacy, yet willing to assist at your first call.
When we asked: “Where can we put our tent?”, the answer was always: “Here, there, everywhere and anywhere”.
To all the friendly invites for chai and dates, guided tours by children through oasis gardens, hospitality we received and friendly confirmations of our safety, we say thank you!
Until next time UAE and Oman
Matt and Jasi