Last Friday morning, I decided to get out of Dubai and go for a hike. The weather is a little cooler now and Peter joined me. Got up early just on dawn after quite a late night.
We went up into the hills – the Hajar Mountains – that lie between Dubai and the East Coast. There are not too many places that you can go without a 4WD that offer reasonably decent walking, views and scenery. After about 90 minutes of driving, we arrived at Masafi Wadi, identified earlier through a birdwatcher’s website.
We started walking about 8 am. The sun was warm and clear and not much breeze. As we climbed up the valley, we walked either along the plains or in the wadi itself. The wadi is the creekbed except there is no water unless it rains and then the water can scream down these creekbeds and gouge out the rocks from the floodplain. Walking along the creekbed was lovely in the morning shielded from the sun by the high sides. There was not much bush to speak of, a few plants in the floodplain itself and the odd shrubs in the valley. We arrived back at the car after about 3 and a half hours and headed into Fujairah to the Hilton for lunch beside the ocean and the rolling waves.
Highights of the walk included a large gecko, someone’s farm at the top of the valley with palm trees and an irrigated garden, a few ruins of old hut foundations at the top, and a few birds, particularly lots of Long-billed Pipits on the sides of the valley.