As part of our RedFestDXB 2015 collaboration with bloggers, we asked them all to take us to their favourite places in Dubai because frankly tourists spots are overrated and we all know that the real action happens where the locals hang out.

We set off for Fujairah, one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, with Lailli Mirza from PintsizedFashionista.com. It was a hot and sunny morning, like most days in Dubai, with the temperature in the low 30s. Fujairah’s coastline is on the Gulf of Oman and is separated from Dubai by the Arabian Desert and the Hajjar mountain range. As we distanced ourselves from the Dubai cityscape, we found ourselves being surrounded by the desert and decided to make a short stop to take some photos. As we walked into the desert, we noticed a bunch of camels standing in the one shaddy spot under some trees. Then, in the distance, a 4×4 appeared on the horizon making its way towards us. Out jumped a local bedouin who, in his broken English, motioned us to come with him to see his camels. Excited, we joined him for a little ride through the sand dunes. He took us into the camel enclosure and soon we were surrounded by 10 Arabian dromedary camels. Camels are relatively indifferent in attitude but these ones were very curious and interested in our presence. As you can see from the phtos, we even got to kiss and pet them! After showing us his camels, the bedouin proudly took us to his goat farm and after many pictures, we were on our way. We never made it to Fujairah that day but the camel stop was worth it!

Lailli Mirza / Dubai
Lailli Mirza / Dubai
Lailli Mirza / Dubai
Lailli Mirza / Dubai
Lailli Mirza / Dubai
Lailli Mirza / Dubai
Lailli Mirza / Dubai
Lailli Mirza / Dubai

Lailli is wearing khaki Cargo Pants, a white Sheer Racerback Cami, a burgundy Snap Button Shirt and a burgundy Poncho.

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