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Reflecting Pool at Bab al Shams944 viewsA bit of an oasis in the desert.
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Lunch at Bab al Shams381 viewsIt's great to eat outdoors -- something we don't do that often in England. Marjorie enjoying lunch on our first day at Bab al Shams, in the desert.
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Nighttime at Bab al Shams597 viewsThe view from the roof terrace overlooking the pool, and looking out over the desert at night.
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Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai839 viewsOn the morning of our departure, the front desk manager called Marjorie outside to show her the rising sun. [url=http://www.jumeirahbabalshams.com/]Bab Al Shams[/rl] means Gate of the Sun, and we could see why the hotel got its name.
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Sunrise at Bab al Shams458 viewsSunrise on our last morning at Bab al Shams, before heading to Dubai Airport to catch our flight back to a cold and rainy England.
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Dinner at the Bab al Shams247 viewsWe went to a great outdoors dinner in a "fort" that had been created in the desert. Here's some not-so-flat flatbrad and some great cheese.
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Bab al Shams Buffet825 viewsThe dinner buffet was quite spectacular. On the evening we visited, the desert "fort" was not very crowded, and most of the guests ate early.
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Lanters at the Bab al Shams261 viewsAs Marjorie and I went off to have an evening cocktail, these lanterns in a small courtyard were turned on, and it was quite magical.
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Craig at Bab Al Shams Hotel331 viewsOur hotel in the desert, where we spent the last two days of our stay. As I couldn't walk during the trip -- other than very short distances -- I spent a lot of time sitting. A chance for me to catch up on my Sue Grafton mysteries.
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A Fire Pit in the Bab al Shams Hotel1692 viewsIt gets cold on the desert at night, so the Bab Al Shams Hotel had this large fire pit that they lit every evening. Marjorie is relaxing on the right, a bit like Rousseau's Sleeping Gypsy.
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Lamb Cooking in the Desert243 viewsAt the huge buffet in the desert restaurant at the Bab al Shams Hotel, there were many different types of lamb. Here the chef is cooking a whole lamb with rice (minus, I think, the head).
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Marjorie at the Bab Al Shams Hotel223 viewsSitting in the outdoor seating area just outside of our room.
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