What is so fascinating about the desert? Well, for me personally it’s a combination of pure solitude, unspoilt land as far as the eye can see and a landscape that although beautiful demands respect at all times.
I grew up in a part of England that along its coastline a lot of fine sandy beaches are to be found and thus sand was always a part of my life. I am no beach bum by any means, for me sitting or lying in the sun is connected with boredom pure but warm sand between your toes on a sunny day near the sea is definitely a piece of living standard. As a kid I loved to be on the coast especially in Newquay or Carbis Bay on the north coast of Cornwall. Our nearest beach was just a couple of miles away at Portreath and even in Summer this was an uncrowded beach with fine, light beige sand. I am sure that these memories have remained with me until now strengthening my pursuit of these endless horizons.
A recent trip to Dubai this year took me to the desert region in the near to Al Ain to Al Faqa. Al Faqa is a known meeting point for “Dune Bashing” where groups of tourists are driven over sand dunes in off road vehicles the likes of Toyota Landcruisers or quad bikes, a popular tourist attraction. This takes place in an area of the desert open to such activities but generally the desert is a huge preservation area guarded by the governments of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The reason for this is to conserve the varied wildlife to be found there. I was quite amazed on my bus trip to Al Ain to witness a fence lining the motorway for miles on both sides.
“The desert has its holiness of silence, the crowd its holiness of conversation.