Google Street View takes to the desert in Abu Dhabi


posted Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 7:22 PM EST


Here it is, ladies and gentlemen -- the perfect Hump Day story to celebrate getting past the middle of your work week! If you've ever wondered what it's like to roam the desert like Lawrence of Arabia, now you can get the experience -- without the stifling heat -- from the comfort of your desk, thanks to Google's latest Street View project.

This does stretch the definition of "street" to the limit, admittedly, but Google's Street View cameras have documented the desert area of the Liwa Oasis, on the outskirts of the Rub' al Khali -- the world's largest sand desert. And in the absence of roads, they've done it in the traditional style, portaging their custom camera gear with what are often referred to as the ships of the desert -- that's camels, to you and I.

The deserts of the Liwa Oasis, brought to your desktop by Google.

As you can see in the video above, the Liwa Oasis desert can be a spectacularly beautiful place. And now you can explore it yourself this hump day evening, riding atop the hump of a dromedary camel. Just hop on over to Google Views, choose your starting point, and go for a desert trek of your very own!

(via Digital Photo Magazine)