Today’s post is not like any other post, and soon you will know why. I was looking forward to describing my feelings towards an experience which would take me back to the early years of my childhood, back in Arabia where I was born. Back to the desert which carries a unique daunting beauty in my heart. While some might see it as an empty boiling oven which could swipe someones’s existence in a few seconds, I personally, find its golden colors – especially at dusk – create a fantastical piece of art deciphering a land which is flat and barren with brownish orange sand merging into the purple navy blue skies!
In the Hussant family, our children are referred to as “les enfants du desert” by their cousins who live in France. Knowing this, a child of the desert cannot but admire its charm and oneness.
Moreover, I know that one day they will look back at those memories with nostalgia and sentimentally remember all the joy they have attained when we once lived in beautiful Abu Dhabi.
Last weekend, we planned on having a BBQ with our friends somewhere in the desert. However, with little Miss D’s sickness, I had to stay with her while the boys went with their dad and enjoyed their time on the warm soft dunes.
Since I usually discuss the topics which I write with my children, one of them got excited and suggested that he records down his experience about this trip. He wanted to describe his feelings and to highlight the importance as to why children should explore nature. What an amazing learning opportunity he has provided me with! I could not but proudly concede to his request! And this is what he wrote;
“The desert is known for being amongst the special places on Planet Earth which has its own mysterious secrets. Last Friday, my brothers, my dad, and I went to the desert with a few friends to spend the afternoon and have a BBQ. My sister D was sick, so mum had to stay with her! Anyway, it took us around an hour and twenty minutes before finally arriving to this beautiful place which was located in the middle of nowhere.
The reasons why I love going to places like that are the following:
In the desert, you feel free, and completely detached from the big stressful city that I get tired of after a certain moment. Moreover, such trips are exceptional as they allow me to explore the sensations of nature away from the brick houses, glass towers, cars, and pollution.
As an adventurous child, it makes me feel as if I am on a quest to find treasures. Actually, we dug a hole and found some crystals! Later when it started to get dark, we built our own fire and roasted some tasty marshmallows!
Out there, you can do whatever you want. We played football, Frisbee, and badminton. We even flew kites! I liked the feeling of having the wind blow on my face. Finally, sliding down and climbing up the dunes was awesome.
At the end of the day, I wished I could stay there for the rest of the weekend. I had sand in my hair and in my pants. I was very dirty but felt very happy as well.
I recommend such outings to everyone, even those who think that desert outings are tiring.”
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Twelve years ago, exactly around this time of the year, my hubby and I landed in Abu Dhabi International Airport. We have left France for a one year contract, and we were so excited about the journey ahead of us. With my fully grown belly I was totally aware that I would not be able to travel or make any major moves as I graciously moved into my third trimester of my first pregnancy. I was young, energetic, and full of delight to start a new page in the new short chapters of my life as a married woman.
After living for two years in France, I was homesick and I knew that Abu Dhabi will compensate for all the loneliness, solitude, and inner struggles I passed through the day I left my family, relatives, and hometown to start a new stage with the man of my life!
To add on top of that I was eagerly anticipating the moment I would meet my little baby boy.
Funnily enough I was really anxious about the delivery and the medical services provided, especially because we did not have a lot of options at that time. Still I couldn’t but surrender to what fate has designed for us and had to go with the flow.
Every single year since then, we would think that we would soon return. Looking back on those years I am gratefully aware of how much Abu Dhabi has given us; and to that I am thankful.
It is obvious that there is definitely no ‘perfect’ place as the word implies. We all get tired of our exasperating routine, our never ending responsibilities, and our poisoning uncertainties. However, we can always find a way out that directs us to meet other goals and build up on previous experiences.
During those years, I have experienced being both a stay at home mom and a working mom. With both roles, Abu Dhabi has and still provides me with all the basic needs, luxurious facilities, and abundant time to live and enjoy my family.
Abu Dhabi endorsed me with a cocoon, a home, and a sanctuary that engulfs us with tranquility and peace of mind. With its cosmopolitan regime, it offered me unique opportunities in meeting supportive friends, amazing colleagues, and great people who taught me a lot. It even increased our circle with close and far relatives from different parts of the world.
Moreover, it continues to give our children educational and recreational opportunities that hopefully will open new horizons later in their future.
The beauty of its desert and the blue azure that proudly engulfs it, make our children appreciate nature with all its perfection and flawlessness.
Last but not least, our presence here was the main reason behind having our beloved five whom we might not have even considered if we were still living in France.
I am certain that each family and every person who had lived and still lives here has a great owe to everything they have achieved. Those who came fifty years ago and those who have been here for a few years, leave with a special imprint in their hearts deciphering the unique beauty of the Arabian life. We find ourselves enjoying our life, our difficulties, and our bewilderment all at the same time. This is how we rejoice in loving this ‘home’ and we are bound to it for all eternity.
I felt the urge and need to express my appreciation and thank our lucky stars for having us live in the splendid UAE. Without it we wouldn’t have been bestowed with all those blessings.
Would like to hear from your experiences as moms living in Abu Dhabi and how fruitfully living here has been on you and your families.