Each year in December, one of the local churches hosts an event in the desert dunes outside of Abu Dhabi to celebrate Christmas by singing carols in the desert.
People arrive by 4x4 with picnic dinners to enjoy before the sun goes down in a colorful and hazy finale to the day. Kids run in the sand, climb dunes, and cascade back down. Candles burn inside plastic cups filled with sand to make the dunes glow with Christmas light while the tunes from a band were carried over speakers that were powered by two car engines.
The meticulously planned event was a great way to meet new people and celebrate the Christmas holiday in a distinctly Abu Dhabi way.