Desert City

Dubai skyline and Burj Khalifa seen from Al Qudra desert.



December 2019 (13)


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The Empty Quarter

The Empty QuarterRub’ al Khali – desert seen from Tal Moreeb, one of the highest dunes in the world, considered to be the tallest one in the United Arab Emirates.

The Rub’ al Khali – a part of Arabian Desert – 1,000 km long, 500 km wide, with thae area of 650,000 km², covering parts of Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE and Yemen.

Tal Moreeb and Rub’ al Khali are filming locations for many movies: Dune (2020), 6 Underground (2019), Race 3 (2018), Furious 7 (2015).

Posted for One Word Sunday Challenge: Empty – by Debbie from Travel With Intent.





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A view from the top: Qatar

Qatar – a view from above.


Aug 1, 2013


See also:

A view from the top: Doha, Qatar | A view from the top: Doha, Qatar II | A view from the top: Doha, Qatar III

A view from the top: sunrise in Qatar


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Ghaf trees

Ghaf treeprosopis cineraria – is a flowering evergreen (despite desert environment) tree in the Fabaceae family, native to parts of Western Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.

Ghaf tree is the national tree of the United Arab Emirates (since 2008), the state tree (known as Khejri) of Rajasthan and as Jammi in Telangana in India. In Bahrain a 400-year-old “Tree of Life” is growing in the middle of a desert.

In UAE ghaf trees are playing an important role: to counteract desertification, in   improving soil fertility, as fuel source, shelter (bird nests, shelter for insect, wood as construction material), medicine and food (seeds, leaves, seedpods, honey) for humans and animals.

Death will not visit a man, even at the time of a famine, if he has a Ghaf, a goat and a camel, since the three together will sustain a man even under the most trying conditions. ∼ Unknown

In the photos: ghaf trees in Ras al Khaimah in United Arab Emirates. After the rainfall (or at the farms with irrigation system) the ghaf forest area turns incredibly green.





August 2020


Ξ Ghaf tree at Connect With Nature UAE webpage

∇ Location: view on Google Maps

⛭ Weather in Ras al Khaimah


See also:

Tree of Life


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