Common sense usually states that the desert is dead, that there is nothing but boredom. I have been to several deserts, the Sahara, the Namib, the Skeleton Coast and the Arabic desert.
I love the desert and from experience I know that it is not dead at all. But you have to focus on the small things, be it plants or animals. They are all there and very much alive so. Then there are the different colors of the sand from white to blue to red, breath-taking. And it’s just fascinating to observe the light that changes the landscape every minute between dusk and dawn. And then there is the wind, yet another great player which makes the desert alive.
In December I have been driving with friend Ralf through the desert engulfing Dubai. It was amazing to see how endurance sport starts to become rooted in the desert sand. It’s not only the camels and horses anymore, but very recently bikes are conquering the desert. Round about 50k of bike roads are crossing the desert right now. The Emirates discover endurance sports beyond horse and camel racing.
Maybe you give it a try one day and venture out for some desert training. I am sure you are going to find it very relaxing not to be overstimulated by thousand of signals that we are usually exposed to in our countries.