Last night I finally gave in. I put a blanket on the bed. Hitherto we’ve been comfortable enough with simply a top sheet and a bedspread. But winter has settled in, and it’s in the 50’s Fahrenheit at night now. Brrrr.
Yet, it’s not exactly chilly during the day. Today I wore jeans and a long sleeve shirt, and then found myself too warm when I was outside in the sun for a little while. I had to roll my sleeves up.
However, it’s been cloudy on and off over the last week, and there’s been a bit of drizzle now and then. That means it’s been pretty nice and cool in general.
When it’s a clear day, which is still most of them, the sky is actually blue and the visibility is better than it is in spring, summer, and fall. That makes it an excellent time of year to head to the dunes for photos, and Jenia’s had a number of shoots in the desert recently.
One day we made it to the city for a tour of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and were rewarded with nice, comfortable weather that was also good for pictures. Most of the time skies are quite gray, which always makes for disappointing images. Now, however, the heavens are pretty, and it’s a nice contrast against the white domes and minarets.
Right now the air is clean and, in Al Ain, crisp. The humidity that hangs heavily in Abu Dhabi and Dubai is still present, but the temperatures are low enough that it’s no bother.
This is definitely the best time of the year in the UAE.