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Camel Trek Across UAE Desert Concludes with 550km Journey

DALL·E 2024 01 08 18.34.43 A scenic view of the UAE desert with a small group of camel riders in the distance. The desert landscape is vast and serene with rolling sand dunes u

Journey and Participants A group of 37 camel riders from 16 different countries recently completed an ambitious 550km journey across the UAE desert. The trek, organized by the Hamdan bin Mohammed Heritage Centre, marked its 10th annual event with the largest group of participants in its history. Starting from Arada in Abu Dhabi and concluding at Global Village in Dubai, the journey spanned over 12 days.

High-Level Endorsement and Challenges Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, met the participants in Dubai’s Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve, highlighting the significance of the event. The journey, reminiscent of the ancestors’ marches, required intense preparation, including fitness training and camel riding skills. Participants faced challenges due to weather and tough terrain, but successfully completed the journey, which included landmarks like Tal Mera’b and the Qasr Al Sarab reserve area.

Cultural Significance and Personal Experiences Reflecting on the trek, Abdullah bin Dalmook, chief executive of the heritage center, emphasized the event’s role in preserving traditions and spreading values of tolerance. Participants shared varied motivations and experiences, from seeking adventure to understanding the historical struggles of Emiratis. The event also serves as a platform for cultural exchange and understanding, with participants acting as ambassadors of their countries.

Educational Aspects and Legacy The annual trek, open to individuals above 18, aims to teach survival skills that Bedouin relied on during desert voyages. It’s a journey into the past, offering a window into the heritage and long-standing traditions of the UAE. The event continues to attract diverse participants, showcasing the UAE’s commitment to preserving and sharing its rich cultural heritage

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