The palace interiors are cool, simple but rather beautiful.
This rather intriguing piece of equipment was (I think, it's so long ago that I'm hazy on the details) for climbing date palms,
while this is a typical seating area with coffee making equipment down in the bottom right hand corner.
In the women's quarters, I was very taken by this suspended, swinging hammock/cot - especially since friends of mine just bought something similar for their new baby.
And here's me in the majlis, the formal reception area of the palace. To the manner born.
This sitting room was in the palace's guest quarters. I do covet the blue-embroidered coverings - and the beautiful rug.
From the palace, we went on to the oasis, around which the city has grown.
As well as date palms, we saw oranges,
and these palm-dappled networks of irrigation channels.
I was interested to see some mosques hidden among the trees; several of them, tucked into small clearings in the trees. I assume they were/are for handy access of people labouring among the palms.
Next stop: the camel market.
Oh! A baby camel ... which costs upwards of €3000. So I didn't bring him home.
Or this one, though she did her best to charm me.
Our final stop was Jebel Hafeet, one of the highest mountains in the UAE. We drove to the top (I asked the driver if many people hiked on/up the mountain. He looked at me blankly. 'But there's a road,' he observed, perplexed. 'For cars.') from where you get a wonderful view of the desert.