Moonlight Hike and Camp in Wadi Shah

One of the amazing hike I did in the past few months. We hiked all the way up about 3.85 kilometers with an elevation gain of 886m. The team met up in Umm al Quwain which is an hour and a half from Dubai. From there we start driving to Jebel Jais which is our start point. The hike starts at 21:30  and reached the summit at around midnight. The climb was a bit hard as we only have the moon and our headlamps as our light. Some trails are so narrow and steep and some require a lot of strength and courage to keep going. Though it was dark and we can’t see the scenery clearly. That doesn’t stop me from appreciating the view. The moon was amazing, the silence was deafening. We reached the summit around 23:30. Set up our tent. Yup, I can set up a tent without your assistance. I went masters on that. Just Kidding! I am used to set up a tent since I was 9.

Then came the morning and it also means that we need to prepare to get down. Me and Sarah a very good friend of mine and my tent mate had a very good sleep. Our tent was so cozy inside that we wanted to just stay inside for the breakfast. Actually, it was just so cold that we wanted to be inside our sleeping bag. Going down was not that hard as I expected. It was an easy trail mostly on track but with a few good inclines.

 

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roasting marshmallows

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cozy tent

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staycation

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Bilbao our special guest

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amazing view

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the trail going down

 

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are we there yet?

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Ras Al Khaimah’s soak zone

I’m leaving again for another relaxation in the beach. I am right in the heat of the summer and the temperature was around 40 degrees in Ras Al Khaimah. I arrived the area past 10pm. We got lost but my cab driver was very nice and patient. The silent type kind of driver. I hate drivers who ask a lot of questions about your nationality,your country and some personal information. I’m not the talkative type of person especially when im inside the vehicle. I prefer to sleep or observe the road as were travelling.So, we missed the sign where my hotel was and we needed to make a u-turn in the round about which was farther from the hotel. I usually book my hotel room in Booking.com You can check there website for a very good deal. I got my room for 199aed only. Which is really cheap.I thought i will be getting a lousy cheap room but no, i was even upgraded to a deluxe room in a different hotel which is The Palace. I was originally booked in Al Hamriya Villages Golf and Residences Beach resort. The room was spacious and has it’s own dressing room. The bed is really relaxing. I got a view of the golf course. As i mentioned that i arrived late. To my surprise, the area was a bit colder despite of the season. Dubai temperature is now 40 degrees and RAK is running at 23 degrees or so. I was too tired from work and chose to stay in my room the whole night.I woke up around 8 and headed myself directly to the restaurant where breakfast was served. They had a lot of choices for breakfast but i was not in the mood to eat a lot this time which is weird coz i always eat breakfast. I only had some french toast, scrambled eggs and coffee.After my breakfast i headed directly to the swimming pool and the beach. They had 2 pool areas. One is for the kids and the other one is the Olympic type of pool.The beach is area is so nice and they always have night activities during the weekend.They have cabanas, bean bags and beach chair around the place. They also have bars near the pool and the beach.

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Waldorf Astoriaat night time

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how nice this window in the Reception area

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the waiting area in the Reception

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HotelDecor

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Deluxe Room

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Kid’s pool Area

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white romper from http://www.bershka.com/ae/en/

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The Cabanas

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The Hotel premise

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Beach Bar

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Main Pool and the mini bar

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swim wear from H&M

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Brunch in Trader’s Vic at Hilton Hotel, RAK