Most of the holidays in Muslim countries are based on the hijra calendar (Islamic lunar calendar) which means that holidays vary in timing each year and one doesn’t know exactly when it is going to happen until just before it actually happens. This makes planning a getaway a little challenging. But alas, that is not the point of this post. This post is to explain what I did in celebration of Prophet Mohammed’s birthday. Being that there was no work or school on January 24th, I went on a guided hike to Green Mubazzarah. Kassandra decided to celebrate by sleeping in.
Green Mubazzarah is a green area at the base of Jebel Hafeet. By green, I mean it has grass and trees, which coming from Oregon sounds pretty mundane, but for the UAE, it is unusual. I don’t think the grass grows here naturally, but someone has taken a lot of time and money to make the green happen. Lots of families go to Green Mubazzarah for picnics. There is also a playground, a man-made lake, hot springs, and separate men and women’s bathing houses.
There were about 40 of us on the nature hike. These gatherings are put together by the Al-Ain Weekenders. If you know me, then you know that I am not a huge fan of outdoorsy activities, but I am trying branch out and try new things whenever I get a chance while being here. Christine and Rick have done a good job of encouraging my participation.
It was a pleasant morning. There were beautiful views, wonderful weather, and a bit of exercise. I think I am ready for another outing….soon…inshallah.