2012 goes out with a ‘bang’ as we watch the spectacular firework displays from the rooftop of a friend’s villa near the Burj Al Arab. The Burj Khalifa display is more distant and although more sophisticated, it is not as long and certainly, in our view, does not have the same ‘wow!’ factor that the children all love. The first day of the new year is spent as a family on the beach. It is very windy and this produces a little surf, so the Tribe have their first surf lesson from a surfing friend. The wind, however, leaves the rest of us huddled together and I decide that I really do prefer the calm, quiet days. Perhaps the Tribe just make so much noise that with the wind as well, it’s just all too much!
The storm that begins at the end of November continues into December but doesn’t deter any of the National Day celebrations that abound throughout the city. We enjoy the clear air by cycling
around the backstreets of Jumeirah and marvelling at the vast dwellings that are built in the area. One immense building sits on the beach and looks like some kind of space ship; it is still being built and is surrounded by hoardings and a large crane. We sit on the beach in its shadow to eat our picnic lunch. Continue reading Christmas camping in Oman and Christmas in Dubai – December 2012