Why do people bother to go out to that massive area of sand behind the city? To drive cars up and down hills or dunes or whatever they’re called? To let birds fly about for a bit and then come back and land on their hand? To drive one of those dangerous quad bikes that ended Rik Mayall?

I actually get the impression that when you go out to the desert, there’s a fairly decent chance you may never return. It wouldn’t be for me.

Bab Al Shams

UNLESS… It’s to go to Bab Al Shams. This place is like a real oasis in the middle of the desert, and you don’t need no quad bike to get there, just a taxi driver with a sat nav. When it comes to authenticity, they have it nailed, but they also retain the 5 star luxury associated with the city.

So you know while I doubt that the life of a Bedouin living in some tent was particularly glamorous, you kind of get a feel for that way of life, but with a touch of glamour, good food, and a trip through Arab history at Bab Al Shams.

The food is great, actually better than any brunch in Dubai I’ve been to, and they have some horses and camels and some woman who does some dancing and stuff. Plus at the rooftop bar the guy playing his Casio keyboard and singing his little songs is really cool. Especially after a few Gin & Tonics. He seems to be enjoying it, and even though I was the only person clapping, I’m sure everyone else was enjoying it too.

During EID, Bab Al Shams is laying on a few extra avenues for entertainment; including stuff for kids like some juggler guy, loads of animals in a mini zoo, the chance to ride a pony, one man who pulls rabbits out of hats and stuff, and even a guy who think he’s funny and does stand-up. Then there will be some proper EID fireworks to really set things alight, although there’s enough fireworks up on the roof bar when the singer presses start on the demo button on his Casio keyboard. That’s all the fireworks you need right there.

EID Deals

For EID, Bab Al Shams Resort has a few nice little offers to tempt you out to middle of the sand. And for your convenience, I have listed them here:

Al Forsan Eid Brunch

Bab Al Shams Resort & Spa for EID? You Ain't Wrong

Wednesday 23rd, Thursday 24th & Friday 25th September 2015

12:30pm to 4:00pm

Scenic Eid Brunch

325Dhs per adult with soft beverages

470Dhs with unlimited house beverages

695Dhs with champagne

50% discount for children (ages 5 to 12)

Children aged four and below dine for free.

Fun activities for children including pony rides, petting zoo, juggler, bouncy castles, face painting and arts and crafts

Al Hadheerah Desert Restaurant

Bab Al Shams Resort & Spa for EID? You Ain't Wrong

Wednesday 23rd, Thursday 24th & Friday 25th September 2015

Lavish dinner buffet with traditional live entertainment and fireworks for 495Dhs per adult with soft beverages.

50% discount for children (ages 5 to 12)

Children aged four and below dine for free

So with the holiday coming up next week, isn’t it time you decided to celebrate EID in true Arabian style? I think it could be.

If you want to stick around for a night at the resort, there are still rooms available. They will set you back around 2,000Dhs, but what else you gonna do? Go camping in the desert?

For bookings you can call +971 4 809 6194

Or visit www.meydanhotels.com