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Camel trek across UAE desert reaches halfway point

ABU DHABI // Explorers on a 500-kilometre camel trek across the UAE desert on Monday reached the halfway stage of their 10-day journey.

The trip, organised by the Hamdan bin Mohammed Heritage Centre, set out to showcase the nomadic existence of Emirati travellers of generations past. Twenty expatriates from countries such as India, Malaysia and Oman agreed to live as the Bedouin did, in tents, phone free and travelling by camel, led by experts including Mohammed bin Taryem, the renowned UAE explorer.

Said Ibrahim Abdul Rahim, director of event management at the Hamdan bin Mohammed Heritage Centre, said: “This trip will give everyone on it a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will live long in their memories, but a great many of them will be only too keen to go exploring again in the years to come.”

Mohammed Fansouri bin Mohammed Faheemi, from Malaysia, is one of the explorers on the adventure.

“This is a very fruitful programme and I hope that, through it, I will gain further insight into Emirati culture and heritage,” he said. “This camel ride will open people’s eyes and let them get to know even more about the Emirati people.”

The travellers set off on the first leg of their 50km daily journey at about 7.30am, stopping to rest at noon for two hours before travelling on to set up camp at sundown.

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(via The National)