Dubai: For outdoor aficionados, now is the perfect time to rediscover nature as the cooler weather is expected to continue until the first week of May.
For Salih Delic, from Bosnia, exploring the Arabian outdoors is an experience not to be missed, as it was precisely during one of his afternoon getaways when he happened to stumble upon Dubai’s latest treasure trove – the Moon Lake.
Speaking to Gulf News, Delic explained how he discovered the unique destination on March 10 purely by accident.
“People say that there’s not much to do around here, but in fact, it is the opposite. My wife and I, with our 17-month-old baby, we love going outdoors, driving through the desert and sharing our experiences with our [social media] followers.”
“One day, I literally zoomed on Google Maps and that’s how I found out about the Moon Lake. Within weeks, the lake went viral,” said Delic, who runs the Instagram account Gulf Explorers, which is dedicated to finding and exploring unique places in the UAE.
The lake is located in Dubai’s Al Qudra desert and can be visited with the help of a 4x4 vehicle, near the iconic Love Lake. The crescent-shaped lake can be found with the map coordinates 24.7874218, 55.3065662.
Over the weekend, scores of residents were encouraged to discover the Moon Lake for themselves.
Mona Al Tamimi, an Emirati executive who picked up photography as a hobby and has garnered a significant fan base on Instagram, managed to capture the hearts of UAE netizens who simply could not get enough of Dubai’s very own Moon Lake.
The photo was uploaded on social media with the caption: “In Ramadan, do not be afraid to have high ambitions, for God is great, and your wishes can indeed be realised.”
Mostafa, a social media user, also found out that the area was inhabited by the Arabian Oryx that were recently re-introduced into the desert as part of the UAE’s conservation efforts.
“So I found this moon shaped lake in the middle of Dubai desert! It’s another hidden gem, full of wild life and barely untouched nature. You will find a lot of Oryx in this area!! The views during sunset and sunrise are amazing,” he wrote.
The Moon Lake looks like its going to be the next big attraction after Love Lake, and the more recently uncovered Pink Lake in the Al Rams area of Ras Al Khaimah.
The lake was rediscovered by 19-year-old Emirati student Ammar Al Farsi back in February, whose images of the spectacular pink lake went viral across UAE social networking sites.