The city of Al Ain is quiet--especially compared to Abu Dhabi or Dubai and reminded Derek and I of a mix of Dalat, Vietnam and a quaint European town.
Friday morning we started early (because Oliver was awake by 5). The pool didn't open until 9, so after we had breakfast, we hopped in the car and drove to the top of Jebel Hafeet. It was a beautiful drive with several places along the way to pull off and take in the views. Once at the top, we could very clearly see the line dividing the UAE and Oman. Actually, there was a fence at the top that you could walk right up to, but there were several "No Photos" signs posted. The boys and I were quite chilled up there which makes me wonder how we are going to fair in about a month when we land in Colorado.
At the foot of Jebel Hafeet we found a lovely green park where the boys played happily until it was time to go to the pool at the hotel.
The hotel had a lovely pool area complete with water slide, and I was too busy chasing the boys around to take any pictures. The water was still a bit chilly at 9am, so we didn't stay too long. We got cleaned up, and headed out to the mall to pick up a few things Oliver needed for his school holiday performance.
After checking out the fort, we went to the largest of the oases in Al Ain. It felt rather strange to be surrounded by so much greenery after several months of nothing but sand.