I joined a face book group as a way of meeting people and getting out and about. Dogs aren't popular in Dubai and must be kept on a lead at all times. They're also not allowed on the beach and to be honest, walking various routes around the block is getting boring for me, for Bob we are now limited to the times we can go out, as the temperature is around 40c in the day and only dropping 4-5c once the sun has gone down. The tarmac, tiles and pavement are far too hot for Bob's paws and with the heat we're limited to 2 walks of 30 minutes a day.
The drive into the desert takes an hour and is around 60kms away, I went out last Friday with hubby between 6.30am and 10am and on Saturday on my own from 3.30pm and 8.30pm. Son number 4 of 5 is here next week so we'll have a few extra trips out to the lakes to let Bob run off lead, as it's been 6 months since we left South Africa and he's had this much freedom.
There is amazingly quite a lot of wildlife in the desert including a variety of birds (130 varieties) camels and oryx.
The birds are migratory, there are no known endemic bird species to the UAE. There were nesting areas for the birds to encourage breeding.
On our return I hosed Bob down and fed him. He slept soundly in the car and fell asleep as soon as I let him in the house.
The drive is quite pleasant but the sand drifts and it covers the roads and there are signs warning you of antelope, camels and horses as well as road crossings for the cycle path and regulated speed limits with plenty of cameras.
The sand seems to be reclaiming the roads
It's a straight road out into the desert and upon reaching the cycle centre, where there are toilets, shops and restaurants.
Friday's meet was another 17kms drive towards Abu Dhabi with 14kms of the road lined with these fully grown trees. There is also an equestrian centre and Babs Al Sham resort on the route.
The water in Dubai is from desalination plants and supplies 98% of Dubai's water. The lakes are man made.
There was also a little bit of unexpected colour if you looked hard enough.
The sun had set by the time we left to drive home. I really must take my Nikon next week and tripod and try to capture some sun set shots and more detailed photos of the wildlife.
Back in the garden, I managed to communicate with the gardener who comes for an hour every day to sweep up the ever falling leaves, flowers and water the sand to to stop it blowing around, to pick up the seedlings for me and place them on the gas bottle box so I could single them out for individual pots and then return them to the shade. I did think that these seeds would be going to waste as I can't bend down and lift things due to a bad back which I'm receiving treatment for, I've also had to up the watering to 3 times a day now as you can see the plants are really struggling by 3pm, but thankfully are back in the shade by then.
I'm hoping my back is better over the next 2 weeks before I go to Canada for 3 weeks, so I can get the seedlings planted out and fill the gaps.
Next weeks post for Animal Tales involves looking for kennels and a cattery for when hubby and I are both out of the country in September. For HDYGG I'll be visiting a garden centre and looking for some plants I can grow indoors and for Time Traveller I'll be writing up about the Dhow Cruise Dinner and Desert Safari I've booked to take child 4 of 5 on, he'll also be joining me back out in the desert with Bob next week.
Ah, dogs! The subjet du jour at the moment! I've only been to Dubai once but I loved the shot of the cool suit. I can well imagine this is necessary for dogs in that heat. Great shot of the road merging into the desert, btw.ReplyDelete
thanks for commenting John, think i need to invest in a cool suit also at the momentDelete
Love watching dogs run free! That's when they are at their happiest :) I can imagine how difficult and frustrating it must be to live in a non-dog-friendly place and yes, walking around the block is no fun at all ;) Glad you found a place to take your dog to #animaltales.ReplyDelete
thank you Dean, i have walked down to the beach road with him, but feel so mean letting him see the sea but not go in it and walking out the other way is to a busy road, so it's round and round the block we goDelete
Despite the heat and long drive, it looks like a rather beautiful lake area to visit with your dog. Amazing the animal life that manages such hot temperatures. I hope your back mends soon!ReplyDelete
I'm absolutely astounded by the fact anything manages to live out here, including humansDelete
What a treat for Bob to have so much freedom and a play in the water with some doggy friends. Nice for you as well to be able to meet up with some people.ReplyDelete
it is fab up there and we're off again tomorrowDelete
The dogs look like they are having a great time. The cool suit is a genius idea and I'm sure Bob appreciates it. I am surprised by how much greenery there is. I hope your back improves in time for your trip to CanadaReplyDelete
i was actually surprised at how green it was also, but it's all artificially watered so i doubt anything would grow naturally. back is improving slowlyDelete
This is such an interesting post as your life in Dubai is just so completely different from mine in France. I know I should be commenting on the animals for #AnimalTales and the plants for #HDYGG but it is the photo of the road crossing the dessert that really caught my eye - it looks like a ribbon that has just been placed on then sand and I really cannot imagine driving over it.ReplyDelete
Many thanks for joining in with #AnimalTales (the dogs look like they had a great time) and I hope your back is better for your Cananda trip and your plants survive your absence.
life is completley different for me in Dubai compared to South Africa, it's all new and interesting at the moment, soon it will all become the normDelete
That road looks awesome! I think I would love to cycle that if it wasn't so hot. Lovely to see the dogs enjoying a swim at sunset!ReplyDelete
the drive out there is great, i've done both mornings and evenings and every time there are 100's of cyclists completing or starting the 50km round rideDelete