Mom and Dad on a camel ride at sunset

Mom and Dad took a week out of their trip to India to visit me. For the first time, really, I was able to play tourist. We drove to Jebel Hafeet — where the views were obscured by beautiful clouds rolling in — got caught in a rare rainstorm at the Jahilli Fort in Al Ain and soaked up the sun on a dhow cruise along the Dubai Creek.

With the able assistance of VB, we explored old Dubai’s Indian neighborhoods and sampled some of the area’s desi eateries. I finally drove all along the crescent of the Palm, where we snapped pics of the various views back toward Dubai and watched skydivers float from the sky to the Marina. Dad and I went on a wadi-bashing (dune-bashing) jeep ride and Mom joined us for the Beduin style camp dinner later.

After nearly a year of driving by it on my way to work in Abu Dhabi, I finally dropped by the Sheikh Zayed mosque and appreciated its beautiful architectural features. Last Friday, we spent a peaceful day in Sharjah, collecting shells on the beach and browsing shops in the Blue Souq there.

It was really nice to have Mom and Dad here with me. I miss them.

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