Google took Street View to the Arabian desert giving us the point of view riding a camel.
Google also could have used a Volkswagen Touareg Dakar Rally car to take the photos of the Arabian desert for Google Street View. Instead they chose the traditional means of desert transportation – a camel. Google fashioned the Trekker to rest on a camel, which gathered imagery as it walked. Using camels for the collection allowed Google to collect authentic imagery and minimize our disruption of this fragile environment.
Now with Google Maps, you can see for yourself and journey across the sands of the Liwa Desert, one of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world. On your virtual trip through the desert, you’ll find sand dunes that reach a height of 25-40 meters. These rolling sandy hills were home to early settlers back in the Late Stone Age, making Liwa one of the oldest sites in the United Arab Emirates.
Some of the richest history in this desert lies in the Liwa Oasis—the largest oasis in the Arabian peninsula. Many people across the UAE can trace their origins to the first tribes that settled there and established the region as a trade center.