I recently went to Qasr Al Sarab, a desert resort here in Abu Dhabi. I didn’t really know what to expect, but I ended up happy.
Qasr Al Sarab (literal translation is Mirage Palace) is a 5-star hotel by Anantara in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi near the border of Saudi. I heard about it while working near the gas plant that’s located about 50km from there. The resort is literally in the middle of the desert. You get to it by entering a small town called “Hameem” and following the directions until you reach the small side road that’s exclusively for hotel guests. After that, it’s a roughly 5km drive down the winding road as it takes you deeper into the desert.
The hotel is a 5-star hotel, so you get what you pay for. Great ambience, polite staff and a fantastic stay. But what really set the hotel apart was night time. Because the hotel is located quite a distance away from a town (and it’s a small town at that), there is no light pollution at night, which means the night sky is lit up by hundreds of stars.
Also, because the hotel is so far away from a human settlement, it allows you the opportunity to see birds and other wildlife that you would not normally see. The photo opportunities were countless. I managed to capture my very first sunset too.
At night, I headed back away from the hotel towards the main road. Because the road does not have any street lights, and acts like a connection between the main city and this small town, you can actually find areas where the light pollution is so low, that you can see the Milky Way with the naked eye.
Of course, something like that warranted a photograph and so I took one.
Overall, my stay at Qasr Al Sarab was a memorable one. I managed to get some very stunning photographs and see some very interesting wildlife along the way. I highly recommend visiting if you’re in the area.