Finally escaping from the hotel and its labyrinth lobby around 12:30 today, a walk around town brought many plant-centric surprises. A date palm growing just outside the front door littered the ground with fruit. A dioecious plant, we found both males and females. Further on, small date palms were growing up in untended sections by sidewalks -palms as weeds? Truly a desert oasis! Rosemary was sculpted as a giant hedge along another sidewalk. Beside date palms and fan palms, a pine with long needles bundled in pairs was common. The predominantly pavement-sealed ground (endless wide roads, sidewalks, and parking lots) was broken by gravel patches, bare sandy ground, and scattered patches of manicured grass.