The craggy mountains of the UAE are simply breathtaking. You know how things that blend harshness with beauty have a certain aesthetic quality? That’s how I feel about it. The bare landscape and desolate character made the place feel ultra surreal.

And there, on the peak of the mountain, in the most unlikely of environments, was a lavish hotel. Experiences like these are one of the unique things the UAE offers. I imagine how magical it must be to have a dip into the hotel pool at night, next to a cliff overlooking the vast expanse of city lights. I was there.