Monday, December 3, 2007

Bab Al Shams

Welcome to Bab Al Shams Desert Resort

We headed out into the desert for an evening of dining and entertainment.
This is Dawn, my friend from the UK that had come to stay with us for the week relaxing at our very plush table.

Kenny and I taking our self portrait

The sheesha pipes on display

Yummy freshly baked arabic bread

Just part of the HUGE buffet that is offered up to the hungry diners. The entire evening is all outdoors. Right out in the middle of the desert. No street lights or city lights so the stars are gorgeous.

The sheesha man. He comes to your table when you order your sheesha pipe and sets it all up for you. At least they smell like fruit rather than cigarettes or cigars.

Kenny making friends with one of the chefs.

Me making friends with the executive and head chefs! Nice hats gents!

Kenny having a close look at the desserts. Check out the palm tree... love the pineapple trunk.

This picture doesn't do these treats justice. They were so tasty tasty that we went back a couple times.

Spice displays line the entry way to the restaurant.

Kenny trying to smell out his favorite spices.

This is the entry way into the restaurant. No roof, just rugs on the desert floor, the open air and stars with giant walls to keep the sand at bay.

Dawn was more than a wee bit nervous around the camel. They offered rides on them as well as the beautiful arabian horses. You could get a henna tattoo as you watched the riders on the dunes above display the arabian horses and camels. They were standing on their backs running up and down the dunes... at least it wouldn't hurt as much if you fell off compared to say a hard dirt track!

Kenny and I got the chance to hold a falcon. Love the hat on this guy too!

Amazing bird with big ol' claws or rather talons. He was very docile and seemed to love the attention. The owner says that he takes the bird everywhere he goes.

Non stop entertainment all night as well. Singers, sittar players, bands, traditional arabic music, belly dancers and some guy with bells on his fingers and a crazy skirt that came off so that he could spin it over his head like pizza dough. I have video of all of this and need to put that on here so that you get the idea. Very fun!

Kenny's favorite part of the night... ice cream!

Just one more sample on the way out. One for the ditch! Or rather the dunes here.

Fruits by the fruits

No you can't take the spices home with you Accalia! Put them back in the barrel before the man with the big sword comes to chop off your hands for stealing.

The Arabian horseman of death it looks like with the red eye in this picture... sorry. These were the horses and riders that provided us with the amazing displays all night.

The gang. Full, happy and ready for the long trek back to the city.

Thanks ladies... we'll be back. SOON!


Aunt B said...

Hey I found the blog info!! How come these pictures always seem to portray food preparation or the like!Looks great and I am going to have to get something to eat when I sign off!Some great shots of your visit home as well!It's good to have these photos but I like the real thing better.Miss you guys.Keep safe and have a great holiday season if they have such a thing there!Do you have a tree!!!

Love Aunt B.

grandma gail said...

great times for the Jones's. Looks like lots of fun!!! Love the pineapples. You guys always find the fun places to visit.
Keep the pic's coming!

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