A Fantastic trip to the Middle East

This Emirati woman was not shy to have her photo taken with us.
This Emirati woman was not shy to have her photo taken with us.

We’ve been back home for nearly two weeks now since our early new year trip to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, and Qatar, and we are finally getting our routine back.  I usually like to get our trip photos sorted, edited, and put into trip albums with detailed captions right away so that I don’t forget the details of the trip.  I also like to do a bit of research on wikipedia on the background of a few photos that I find interesting looking back at home.  Some people may think of it as work, but I get pleasure in organizing the trip photos, learning more about what we experienced, and “writing a photo essay” about it.

The trip was quite amazing, as our itinerary worked out perfectly as planned, and we did not face any difficulty during our travels.  The international and 3 regional flights were great, we had no issues with any of the car rentals in all 3 countries, the infrastructure (metro, bus, highways, hotels) were excellent, and the people was really friendly.

We enjoyed the modern architecture and the opulent sights of the UAE and Qatar, and we enjoyed the wonderful mountain and desert scenery of Oman.  We did mostly sightseeing in big cities, with a bit of bike riding in Dubai, and we did quite a bit of hiking in Oman. What we liked the most about this trip was our freedom to explore these 3 countries at our own pace with absolutely no hassle from the locals and no large crowds.  And the weather was perfect!

As with our past trips, we will have to write detailed trip reports at a later date.  For now, here are a few more of our favorite photos:

They helped us take some photos
The Empty Quarter in Oman
Starting our 3-hour trek to Wadi Nakhr and the Balcony Walk
Starting our 3-hour trek to Wadi Nakhr and the Balcony Walk
The cluster of beautiful architectural buildings as seen from the road leaving the Presidential Palace
The cluster of beautiful architectural buildings iin Abu Dhabi
The Corniche, a long seaside promenade that curves around Doha Bay and affords pretty views of Palm Tree Island and the city's skyscrapers. Many locals and western expats stroll along the Corniche in the afternoon. We met an Australian who moved to Doha as a school teacher and is enjoying her lifestyle very much. She has no plans to move back.
The Corniche in Doha