"Situated in the heart of the desert and nestled in the dunes of Dubai, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa is the ultimate luxury retreat."
We drove past lots of construction,
down sandy roads,
and past an occasional camel or two.
Finally, about 45 minutes outside of Dubai, we turned on a road that had newly planted trees all along it -- and we stayed on it for over 12 miles! But then we saw the sign that made the trip legit -- we made it to Bab Al Shams!
"Designed and built in a traditional Arabic fort setting, this exclusive low-rise resort is surrounded by gently sloping dunes and natural desert landscape, offering guests a unique traditional experience that is true to the culture and heritage of Dubai and the UAE."
"Think rustic yet comfortable Arabian interiors, shaded courtyards, walkways and water features and instantly immerse yourself into a one of a kind desert experience that will be reminiscent of 1001 Arabian Nights. Combine this with delectable cuisine, relaxing rooftop lounges and stunning views from the resort's infinity pool and you are sure to capture memories that will last a lifetime."
"Experience traditional, authentic Gulf decor emphasized by the use of natural stone, dark woods and Arabian glass work, and enjoy the modern facilities and amenities you expect from a luxury retreat. The resort's 113 rooms & suites are located in charming clusters of double-story buildings and each feature a balcony or private terrace."
"Your choices for dining at Bab Al Shams reflect world-class standards in cuisine and service. From traditional Arabic fare to slowly cooked Indian dishes, Bab Al Shams offers a range of exquisite dining experiences. The food, service and ambiance at the resort's restaurants are a sure treat for your taste buds."
The resort offers several dining options: Al Forsan - International Cuisine; Masala - Indian Cuisine; Pizzeria Le Dune - Italian Cuisine; Al Sarab - Rooftop Lounge; Al Shurouq - Rooftop Terrace; Ya Hala - Lobby Lounge; and the Pool Bar.
Al Hadeerah desert restaurant - "Witness unique scenes straight out of an Arabian legend. Experience the wide expanse of the desert, the ethereal magic of sunset and some lively Arabic entertainment with bands and belly dancers. Travel back in time with cooking stations featuring wood fired stone ovens, spit roasts and Arabic bread ovens. Welcome to Al Hadeerah!"
Sorry, we didn't eat a thing while we were there! But I have heard that the dinner at Al Hadeerah is an "event" that cannot be missed!
"Escape, Stay & Play at Bab Al Shams with the wide range of activities on offer. Experience the desert with sunset camel or horse rides, archery and falconry, or get your pulse racing during one of our desert safaris. Our dedicated lawn games feature croquet, table tennis and golf putting."
Soon it was time to start our journey home. First, it was time to hug the camels good-bye.
And next we had to find our way down the carpeted hallways to the exit.
Then back into the car and we were on our merry way home!
Bab Al Shams -- a MUST DO while we are here in Dubai!
Oh, and we were repeatedly reminded to watch for crossing camels! Only in the desert!!