Do you know about tourism in the desert? | New times
Tourism has always been associated with flora and fauna. In Rwanda, it is captured by the Virunga mountain gorillas, the very picturesque Lake Kivu and the spectacular views of the “land of a thousand hills”, to name a few. However, there is more to tourism than what you see, so to speak.
What about countries located in the desert? The United Arab Emirates are one of those prime locations, in the desert through and through, they have managed to attract more tourists than all of East Africa combined. In 2017, according to statistics, 15.8 million people visited Dubai. Without majestic forests, serene lakes and teeming wildlife, what can a tourist experience in a desert?
Apparently, there is a lot to discover. Cities like Dubai have invested heavily in building mega-infrastructure, the very first of its kind in the world. One example is the Dubai Metro. Until 2016, the Dubai Metro was the longest driverless metro system in the world with a journey length of 75 kilometers (47 mi), as recognized by Guinness World Records in 2012.
It gives an interesting ride, is cheap and smooth, and goes to very many destinations. Sights like the Burj Khalifa are a must visit alongside the “dancing water” in front of the Dubai Mall.
Almost all places have been covered. For children and young adults, amusement parks are quite an experience. Camel rides are also a popular pastime for tourists. And yes, the wonder of wonders is animals like the desert oryx. In other deserts like the Kalahari, you can see black-maned lions.
Further into the desert, there are many tourist activities like Desert Safaris which take place on endless sand dunes. For the more adventurous, a quad biking adventure or sliding across the sand on boards could be the thrill that will inspire you. For the more thoughtful person, or one who wants to take it slow, camping in the silent desert under a crystal clear night sky is definitely an experience you will enjoy. In our daily life, with the endless hustle and bustle, overcrowded spaces, constant noise and overwhelming activities, a desert vacation seems very calm and welcoming.