1. Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  2. Aperture: f/2.8
  3. Exposure: 1/3200th
  4. Focal Length: 16mm

FLASHBACK - 27 August 2011 - Nepal

I will post more pictures of this trip. This was taken from a temple overviewing Katmandou. I must admit that this picture, or any I took that day, didn’t do the view justice. It was absolutely spectacular, the city stretched out before us, surrounded by majestic mountains, lush green landscape and tremendous clouds to top it all off. Simply magnificent. 

  1. Camera: Canon EOS 450D
  2. Aperture: f/9
  3. Exposure: 1/200th
  4. Focal Length: 28mm

November 6th 2011

Cloudy weather over Fujeirah revealed the coming of cooler temperatures. The winter is finally kicking in. 

  1. Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  2. Aperture: f/5
  3. Exposure: 1.3"
  4. Focal Length: 16mm
FLASHBACK - 25 march 2011 - Jebel Yibir Attempt
This trip was both disappointing and rewarding at the same time. The initial plan was to try and reach the top of Jebel Yibir, the highest peak in the UAE standing at 1527m (5010ft). But when we reached the dirt road that lead up to the peak we found that it’s closed off because a military post resides at the top of the mountain. But we weren’t discouraged, we settled to find an adjacent peak to hike up to. We found one that had a view of Jebel Yibir (not in any photographs the the other view was so much more impressive). The hike up wasn’t too challenging, we drove most the way already so it was a 20-30mins climb. The view from up there was awesome, we had the Hajjar mountain range at our disposal and the beautiful spring sun to keep us warm.  FLASHBACK - 25 march 2011 - Jebel Yibir Attempt
This trip was both disappointing and rewarding at the same time. The initial plan was to try and reach the top of Jebel Yibir, the highest peak in the UAE standing at 1527m (5010ft). But when we reached the dirt road that lead up to the peak we found that it’s closed off because a military post resides at the top of the mountain. But we weren’t discouraged, we settled to find an adjacent peak to hike up to. We found one that had a view of Jebel Yibir (not in any photographs the the other view was so much more impressive). The hike up wasn’t too challenging, we drove most the way already so it was a 20-30mins climb. The view from up there was awesome, we had the Hajjar mountain range at our disposal and the beautiful spring sun to keep us warm.  FLASHBACK - 25 march 2011 - Jebel Yibir Attempt
This trip was both disappointing and rewarding at the same time. The initial plan was to try and reach the top of Jebel Yibir, the highest peak in the UAE standing at 1527m (5010ft). But when we reached the dirt road that lead up to the peak we found that it’s closed off because a military post resides at the top of the mountain. But we weren’t discouraged, we settled to find an adjacent peak to hike up to. We found one that had a view of Jebel Yibir (not in any photographs the the other view was so much more impressive). The hike up wasn’t too challenging, we drove most the way already so it was a 20-30mins climb. The view from up there was awesome, we had the Hajjar mountain range at our disposal and the beautiful spring sun to keep us warm.  FLASHBACK - 25 march 2011 - Jebel Yibir Attempt
This trip was both disappointing and rewarding at the same time. The initial plan was to try and reach the top of Jebel Yibir, the highest peak in the UAE standing at 1527m (5010ft). But when we reached the dirt road that lead up to the peak we found that it’s closed off because a military post resides at the top of the mountain. But we weren’t discouraged, we settled to find an adjacent peak to hike up to. We found one that had a view of Jebel Yibir (not in any photographs the the other view was so much more impressive). The hike up wasn’t too challenging, we drove most the way already so it was a 20-30mins climb. The view from up there was awesome, we had the Hajjar mountain range at our disposal and the beautiful spring sun to keep us warm.  FLASHBACK - 25 march 2011 - Jebel Yibir Attempt
This trip was both disappointing and rewarding at the same time. The initial plan was to try and reach the top of Jebel Yibir, the highest peak in the UAE standing at 1527m (5010ft). But when we reached the dirt road that lead up to the peak we found that it’s closed off because a military post resides at the top of the mountain. But we weren’t discouraged, we settled to find an adjacent peak to hike up to. We found one that had a view of Jebel Yibir (not in any photographs the the other view was so much more impressive). The hike up wasn’t too challenging, we drove most the way already so it was a 20-30mins climb. The view from up there was awesome, we had the Hajjar mountain range at our disposal and the beautiful spring sun to keep us warm.  FLASHBACK - 25 march 2011 - Jebel Yibir Attempt
This trip was both disappointing and rewarding at the same time. The initial plan was to try and reach the top of Jebel Yibir, the highest peak in the UAE standing at 1527m (5010ft). But when we reached the dirt road that lead up to the peak we found that it’s closed off because a military post resides at the top of the mountain. But we weren’t discouraged, we settled to find an adjacent peak to hike up to. We found one that had a view of Jebel Yibir (not in any photographs the the other view was so much more impressive). The hike up wasn’t too challenging, we drove most the way already so it was a 20-30mins climb. The view from up there was awesome, we had the Hajjar mountain range at our disposal and the beautiful spring sun to keep us warm.  FLASHBACK - 25 march 2011 - Jebel Yibir Attempt
This trip was both disappointing and rewarding at the same time. The initial plan was to try and reach the top of Jebel Yibir, the highest peak in the UAE standing at 1527m (5010ft). But when we reached the dirt road that lead up to the peak we found that it’s closed off because a military post resides at the top of the mountain. But we weren’t discouraged, we settled to find an adjacent peak to hike up to. We found one that had a view of Jebel Yibir (not in any photographs the the other view was so much more impressive). The hike up wasn’t too challenging, we drove most the way already so it was a 20-30mins climb. The view from up there was awesome, we had the Hajjar mountain range at our disposal and the beautiful spring sun to keep us warm.  FLASHBACK - 25 march 2011 - Jebel Yibir Attempt
This trip was both disappointing and rewarding at the same time. The initial plan was to try and reach the top of Jebel Yibir, the highest peak in the UAE standing at 1527m (5010ft). But when we reached the dirt road that lead up to the peak we found that it’s closed off because a military post resides at the top of the mountain. But we weren’t discouraged, we settled to find an adjacent peak to hike up to. We found one that had a view of Jebel Yibir (not in any photographs the the other view was so much more impressive). The hike up wasn’t too challenging, we drove most the way already so it was a 20-30mins climb. The view from up there was awesome, we had the Hajjar mountain range at our disposal and the beautiful spring sun to keep us warm.  FLASHBACK - 25 march 2011 - Jebel Yibir Attempt
This trip was both disappointing and rewarding at the same time. The initial plan was to try and reach the top of Jebel Yibir, the highest peak in the UAE standing at 1527m (5010ft). But when we reached the dirt road that lead up to the peak we found that it’s closed off because a military post resides at the top of the mountain. But we weren’t discouraged, we settled to find an adjacent peak to hike up to. We found one that had a view of Jebel Yibir (not in any photographs the the other view was so much more impressive). The hike up wasn’t too challenging, we drove most the way already so it was a 20-30mins climb. The view from up there was awesome, we had the Hajjar mountain range at our disposal and the beautiful spring sun to keep us warm.  FLASHBACK - 25 march 2011 - Jebel Yibir Attempt
This trip was both disappointing and rewarding at the same time. The initial plan was to try and reach the top of Jebel Yibir, the highest peak in the UAE standing at 1527m (5010ft). But when we reached the dirt road that lead up to the peak we found that it’s closed off because a military post resides at the top of the mountain. But we weren’t discouraged, we settled to find an adjacent peak to hike up to. We found one that had a view of Jebel Yibir (not in any photographs the the other view was so much more impressive). The hike up wasn’t too challenging, we drove most the way already so it was a 20-30mins climb. The view from up there was awesome, we had the Hajjar mountain range at our disposal and the beautiful spring sun to keep us warm. 

FLASHBACK - 25 march 2011 - Jebel Yibir Attempt

This trip was both disappointing and rewarding at the same time. The initial plan was to try and reach the top of Jebel Yibir, the highest peak in the UAE standing at 1527m (5010ft). But when we reached the dirt road that lead up to the peak we found that it’s closed off because a military post resides at the top of the mountain. But we weren’t discouraged, we settled to find an adjacent peak to hike up to. We found one that had a view of Jebel Yibir (not in any photographs the the other view was so much more impressive). The hike up wasn’t too challenging, we drove most the way already so it was a 20-30mins climb. The view from up there was awesome, we had the Hajjar mountain range at our disposal and the beautiful spring sun to keep us warm. 

October 8th 2011
So this is the first trip of season two for us adventurers. The original plan was to go check out the waterfall at Wadi Wurayah. Upon arrival the police were at the entrance telling us a land slide had happened (because of the rain), and access to the wadi was denied. We decided to find another spot to discover, we hadn’t driven two hours just to turn back after all. Not far from the entrance to Wadi Wurayah, we find a smaller, shorter wadi and our hike began. It wasn’t a long one, some 15-20mins through easy terrain (quite slippery cause of the rain though). The end of the wadi revealed an amazing sight: we had reached the Wurayah Dam. Yes, inside the dam. Thankfully it was dry when we got there. But not 15 minutes after we hiked out of it, a flash flood came in destroying pretty much everything that was there and forming a sort of river. Quite a unique sight to be seen here in the  UAE i must add. The river also passed through the only two roads in and out of the area, and my dear friend’s BMW was on the other side. It took some courage, but he eventually drove across the the river without any damage to his beloved car. All in all, it was quite an eventful day, the rain was always a joy seeing as we get so little in this region and the flash flood was a wake up call: never hang around inside a dam, they are meant to be filled with water after all.  October 8th 2011
So this is the first trip of season two for us adventurers. The original plan was to go check out the waterfall at Wadi Wurayah. Upon arrival the police were at the entrance telling us a land slide had happened (because of the rain), and access to the wadi was denied. We decided to find another spot to discover, we hadn’t driven two hours just to turn back after all. Not far from the entrance to Wadi Wurayah, we find a smaller, shorter wadi and our hike began. It wasn’t a long one, some 15-20mins through easy terrain (quite slippery cause of the rain though). The end of the wadi revealed an amazing sight: we had reached the Wurayah Dam. Yes, inside the dam. Thankfully it was dry when we got there. But not 15 minutes after we hiked out of it, a flash flood came in destroying pretty much everything that was there and forming a sort of river. Quite a unique sight to be seen here in the  UAE i must add. The river also passed through the only two roads in and out of the area, and my dear friend’s BMW was on the other side. It took some courage, but he eventually drove across the the river without any damage to his beloved car. All in all, it was quite an eventful day, the rain was always a joy seeing as we get so little in this region and the flash flood was a wake up call: never hang around inside a dam, they are meant to be filled with water after all.  October 8th 2011
So this is the first trip of season two for us adventurers. The original plan was to go check out the waterfall at Wadi Wurayah. Upon arrival the police were at the entrance telling us a land slide had happened (because of the rain), and access to the wadi was denied. We decided to find another spot to discover, we hadn’t driven two hours just to turn back after all. Not far from the entrance to Wadi Wurayah, we find a smaller, shorter wadi and our hike began. It wasn’t a long one, some 15-20mins through easy terrain (quite slippery cause of the rain though). The end of the wadi revealed an amazing sight: we had reached the Wurayah Dam. Yes, inside the dam. Thankfully it was dry when we got there. But not 15 minutes after we hiked out of it, a flash flood came in destroying pretty much everything that was there and forming a sort of river. Quite a unique sight to be seen here in the  UAE i must add. The river also passed through the only two roads in and out of the area, and my dear friend’s BMW was on the other side. It took some courage, but he eventually drove across the the river without any damage to his beloved car. All in all, it was quite an eventful day, the rain was always a joy seeing as we get so little in this region and the flash flood was a wake up call: never hang around inside a dam, they are meant to be filled with water after all.  October 8th 2011
So this is the first trip of season two for us adventurers. The original plan was to go check out the waterfall at Wadi Wurayah. Upon arrival the police were at the entrance telling us a land slide had happened (because of the rain), and access to the wadi was denied. We decided to find another spot to discover, we hadn’t driven two hours just to turn back after all. Not far from the entrance to Wadi Wurayah, we find a smaller, shorter wadi and our hike began. It wasn’t a long one, some 15-20mins through easy terrain (quite slippery cause of the rain though). The end of the wadi revealed an amazing sight: we had reached the Wurayah Dam. Yes, inside the dam. Thankfully it was dry when we got there. But not 15 minutes after we hiked out of it, a flash flood came in destroying pretty much everything that was there and forming a sort of river. Quite a unique sight to be seen here in the  UAE i must add. The river also passed through the only two roads in and out of the area, and my dear friend’s BMW was on the other side. It took some courage, but he eventually drove across the the river without any damage to his beloved car. All in all, it was quite an eventful day, the rain was always a joy seeing as we get so little in this region and the flash flood was a wake up call: never hang around inside a dam, they are meant to be filled with water after all.  October 8th 2011
So this is the first trip of season two for us adventurers. The original plan was to go check out the waterfall at Wadi Wurayah. Upon arrival the police were at the entrance telling us a land slide had happened (because of the rain), and access to the wadi was denied. We decided to find another spot to discover, we hadn’t driven two hours just to turn back after all. Not far from the entrance to Wadi Wurayah, we find a smaller, shorter wadi and our hike began. It wasn’t a long one, some 15-20mins through easy terrain (quite slippery cause of the rain though). The end of the wadi revealed an amazing sight: we had reached the Wurayah Dam. Yes, inside the dam. Thankfully it was dry when we got there. But not 15 minutes after we hiked out of it, a flash flood came in destroying pretty much everything that was there and forming a sort of river. Quite a unique sight to be seen here in the  UAE i must add. The river also passed through the only two roads in and out of the area, and my dear friend’s BMW was on the other side. It took some courage, but he eventually drove across the the river without any damage to his beloved car. All in all, it was quite an eventful day, the rain was always a joy seeing as we get so little in this region and the flash flood was a wake up call: never hang around inside a dam, they are meant to be filled with water after all.  October 8th 2011
So this is the first trip of season two for us adventurers. The original plan was to go check out the waterfall at Wadi Wurayah. Upon arrival the police were at the entrance telling us a land slide had happened (because of the rain), and access to the wadi was denied. We decided to find another spot to discover, we hadn’t driven two hours just to turn back after all. Not far from the entrance to Wadi Wurayah, we find a smaller, shorter wadi and our hike began. It wasn’t a long one, some 15-20mins through easy terrain (quite slippery cause of the rain though). The end of the wadi revealed an amazing sight: we had reached the Wurayah Dam. Yes, inside the dam. Thankfully it was dry when we got there. But not 15 minutes after we hiked out of it, a flash flood came in destroying pretty much everything that was there and forming a sort of river. Quite a unique sight to be seen here in the  UAE i must add. The river also passed through the only two roads in and out of the area, and my dear friend’s BMW was on the other side. It took some courage, but he eventually drove across the the river without any damage to his beloved car. All in all, it was quite an eventful day, the rain was always a joy seeing as we get so little in this region and the flash flood was a wake up call: never hang around inside a dam, they are meant to be filled with water after all.  October 8th 2011
So this is the first trip of season two for us adventurers. The original plan was to go check out the waterfall at Wadi Wurayah. Upon arrival the police were at the entrance telling us a land slide had happened (because of the rain), and access to the wadi was denied. We decided to find another spot to discover, we hadn’t driven two hours just to turn back after all. Not far from the entrance to Wadi Wurayah, we find a smaller, shorter wadi and our hike began. It wasn’t a long one, some 15-20mins through easy terrain (quite slippery cause of the rain though). The end of the wadi revealed an amazing sight: we had reached the Wurayah Dam. Yes, inside the dam. Thankfully it was dry when we got there. But not 15 minutes after we hiked out of it, a flash flood came in destroying pretty much everything that was there and forming a sort of river. Quite a unique sight to be seen here in the  UAE i must add. The river also passed through the only two roads in and out of the area, and my dear friend’s BMW was on the other side. It took some courage, but he eventually drove across the the river without any damage to his beloved car. All in all, it was quite an eventful day, the rain was always a joy seeing as we get so little in this region and the flash flood was a wake up call: never hang around inside a dam, they are meant to be filled with water after all.  October 8th 2011
So this is the first trip of season two for us adventurers. The original plan was to go check out the waterfall at Wadi Wurayah. Upon arrival the police were at the entrance telling us a land slide had happened (because of the rain), and access to the wadi was denied. We decided to find another spot to discover, we hadn’t driven two hours just to turn back after all. Not far from the entrance to Wadi Wurayah, we find a smaller, shorter wadi and our hike began. It wasn’t a long one, some 15-20mins through easy terrain (quite slippery cause of the rain though). The end of the wadi revealed an amazing sight: we had reached the Wurayah Dam. Yes, inside the dam. Thankfully it was dry when we got there. But not 15 minutes after we hiked out of it, a flash flood came in destroying pretty much everything that was there and forming a sort of river. Quite a unique sight to be seen here in the  UAE i must add. The river also passed through the only two roads in and out of the area, and my dear friend’s BMW was on the other side. It took some courage, but he eventually drove across the the river without any damage to his beloved car. All in all, it was quite an eventful day, the rain was always a joy seeing as we get so little in this region and the flash flood was a wake up call: never hang around inside a dam, they are meant to be filled with water after all.  October 8th 2011
So this is the first trip of season two for us adventurers. The original plan was to go check out the waterfall at Wadi Wurayah. Upon arrival the police were at the entrance telling us a land slide had happened (because of the rain), and access to the wadi was denied. We decided to find another spot to discover, we hadn’t driven two hours just to turn back after all. Not far from the entrance to Wadi Wurayah, we find a smaller, shorter wadi and our hike began. It wasn’t a long one, some 15-20mins through easy terrain (quite slippery cause of the rain though). The end of the wadi revealed an amazing sight: we had reached the Wurayah Dam. Yes, inside the dam. Thankfully it was dry when we got there. But not 15 minutes after we hiked out of it, a flash flood came in destroying pretty much everything that was there and forming a sort of river. Quite a unique sight to be seen here in the  UAE i must add. The river also passed through the only two roads in and out of the area, and my dear friend’s BMW was on the other side. It took some courage, but he eventually drove across the the river without any damage to his beloved car. All in all, it was quite an eventful day, the rain was always a joy seeing as we get so little in this region and the flash flood was a wake up call: never hang around inside a dam, they are meant to be filled with water after all.  October 8th 2011
So this is the first trip of season two for us adventurers. The original plan was to go check out the waterfall at Wadi Wurayah. Upon arrival the police were at the entrance telling us a land slide had happened (because of the rain), and access to the wadi was denied. We decided to find another spot to discover, we hadn’t driven two hours just to turn back after all. Not far from the entrance to Wadi Wurayah, we find a smaller, shorter wadi and our hike began. It wasn’t a long one, some 15-20mins through easy terrain (quite slippery cause of the rain though). The end of the wadi revealed an amazing sight: we had reached the Wurayah Dam. Yes, inside the dam. Thankfully it was dry when we got there. But not 15 minutes after we hiked out of it, a flash flood came in destroying pretty much everything that was there and forming a sort of river. Quite a unique sight to be seen here in the  UAE i must add. The river also passed through the only two roads in and out of the area, and my dear friend’s BMW was on the other side. It took some courage, but he eventually drove across the the river without any damage to his beloved car. All in all, it was quite an eventful day, the rain was always a joy seeing as we get so little in this region and the flash flood was a wake up call: never hang around inside a dam, they are meant to be filled with water after all. 

October 8th 2011

So this is the first trip of season two for us adventurers. The original plan was to go check out the waterfall at Wadi Wurayah. Upon arrival the police were at the entrance telling us a land slide had happened (because of the rain), and access to the wadi was denied. We decided to find another spot to discover, we hadn’t driven two hours just to turn back after all. Not far from the entrance to Wadi Wurayah, we find a smaller, shorter wadi and our hike began. It wasn’t a long one, some 15-20mins through easy terrain (quite slippery cause of the rain though). The end of the wadi revealed an amazing sight: we had reached the Wurayah Dam. Yes, inside the dam. Thankfully it was dry when we got there. But not 15 minutes after we hiked out of it, a flash flood came in destroying pretty much everything that was there and forming a sort of river. Quite a unique sight to be seen here in the  UAE i must add. The river also passed through the only two roads in and out of the area, and my dear friend’s BMW was on the other side. It took some courage, but he eventually drove across the the river without any damage to his beloved car. All in all, it was quite an eventful day, the rain was always a joy seeing as we get so little in this region and the flash flood was a wake up call: never hang around inside a dam, they are meant to be filled with water after all. 

View from Jebel Hafeet, May 2010. This was my second time up Jebel Hafeet. This mountain was the one that started it all. Easy to access, great view from the top and the weather is beautiful up there. This place has become a sort of initiation ground for “new recruits” who want to join on our adventures. 

I figured I’d let you in on what this blog is about. As the title may suggest, I will be posting pictures and stories of our adventures across the United Arab Emirates (and other countries of course). These adventures are mainly of us discovering the not so glamourous side of the country. We have already been to many places and I will post “flashbacks” as well as new trips. Don’t worry you’re not far behind, we are currently entering our second “season” of adventures. Hope you enjoy the photos as much as I (we) did taking them and experiencing them. 

Florida, summer 2010. 

  1. Camera: Canon EOS 450D
  2. Aperture: f/9
  3. Exposure: 1/400th
  4. Focal Length: 28mm