The drive to JA Hatta Fort Hotel
on the outskirts of Dubai will take about 2 hours, and we managed to take a few hand-held videos of the sprawling city of Dubai from the car, catching a glimpse of the magnificent Burj Khalifa gleaming in the distance:
With time to burn until we were able to check-in Ginny and Sern decided to take us to a place nearby that definitely piqued our interest, located in the adjacent Emirate of Fujairah (pronounced Foo-jee-rah).
|a market for every day, not just Fridays!|
|refreshing mountain air|
|large and organised|
Well, not exactly nearby and not exactly a detour since its about 70 kilometres away from the mountain resort we were headed to but well worth the trip. We immediately fell in love with the rustic and old-world charm of Masali Friday Market
that despite its name actually operates every day.
|browsing thru the fruit stalls|
|Sern went a little crazy with the tangerines|
|since it was CNY eve after all|
|freshly roasted corn on the cob|
|of unknown nationality|
|reflecting our mood for the day|
Huge, beautiful rugs on display but we ended up carting away 5 kilograms worth of tangerines instead. According to Lonely Planet "Masafi is famous for its mineral springs whose water is sold throughout the country". No evidence of that here though?
|huge rugs on display|
|all manner of home ware|
|wished we could bring this home|
|earthen ware as well|
|trying out some 'bokeh' shots|
|and satisfied with the results|
We later stumbled upon a quaint little restaurant called Layali Al Sham
where we decided to have lunch. An authentic local restaurant serving local cuisine at very reasonable prices, it is conveniently located beside a gas station that attracts both customers dining in and taking out. we especially loved the 'sandwiches' and falafeel.
|beside a gas station|
|serves both dine-in and take-out|
|resting my eyes after all that sight-seeing|
|we didn't know what this was (Ginny said its Fattoush!)|
All tuckered up we continued our road trip from Fujairah back to Dubai. Next stop, JA Hatta Fort Hotel!
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