ABU DHABI // Explorers on a 500km camel trek across the UAE desert have reached the halfway stage of their 10-day journey.
The cultural trip, organised by the Hamdan bin Mohammed Heritage Centre, is designed to showcase the nomadic experience of Emirati travellers in past generations.
Twenty expatriates, from countries such as India, Malaysia and Oman, have agreed to live like the Bedouins, without any modern technology, travelling on camels and living in tents.
They are led by a team of experts, including Mohammed bin Taryem, the UAE explorer.
Said Ibrahim Abdul Rahim, director of event management at the heritage centre, said: “This trip will give everybody on it a unique, 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 Faheemi, a Malaysian, one of the participants on the trek, said: “This is a very fruitful programme and I hope that, through it, I will gain further insight into Emirati culture and heritage. “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 on Friday. They travel about 50km a day, starting at around 7.30am, stopping to rest at noon for two hours before heading to camp for sundown.
Source: uae news