Posted by: Waheeda Harris | October 7, 2013

The beauty of the desert

The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of the Middle East is the desert. It’s an all encompassing landscape – and one that changes constantly:

UAE - Burj Khalifa desert

At the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, there are viewing screens that can show you what the view is supposed to look from different perspectives. On the screen is the historical view, which is just a road and a few buildings, while the actual view is what is now built on the desert.

But the desert surrounding Dubai and encompassing most of the Emirates is the dominant feature:

UAE - Dubai desert

The sand is constantly moving, and yes, its possible to drive on the sand, since its not all soft and sinking (although they can drive on that too), but does have rocky parts, more shallow areas and even vegetation.

UAE - Dubai desert vegetation

The desert has texture, as seen above, and changes as the sun changes its light during the day.

UAE - desert sunset

And the sunsets are spectacular – not just because of the sky, but because of the sand, which can look cool, not the heated grains found earlier in the day.

But it can also look warm, thanks to the sun’s rays:

UAE - AD sunset

And the lasting effects on the sky can be unique as the sun disappears from sight:

UAE - desert cloud

And then its time to go for dinner and begin the evening. Are we obsessed with sunset? As I once read, we wouldn’t be obsessed with sunset, if it was the same every night. But I’ll always be obsessed with the desert.

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