"Life in the Desert" Top 5 Page for this destination Dubai Local Custom Tip by amna_alshamsi
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The Desert is the traditional habitat of people throughout the Arabian Peninsula. The Bedouin, who were the earliest inhabitants of the region, once lived in strong tribal communities and roamed the blazing sands with their camels, in search of food, grazing and trade. Sheep and goad herders scratched a living on the arid mountainsides.
Cultivators tended date palms wherever the merest trace of water could be found. The camel, the ship of the desert, was then the primary mode of transportation and the Bedouin's main source of milk, meat and wool. For accommodation, these proud nomadic people erected tents made chiefly of wool and animal hide.
Clothing was simple and utilitarian, consisting of a flowing garment and a headscarf that offered protection against harsh desert sun and fine grains of blowing sand. Jewellery, consisting mostly of bead necklaces and silver ornaments, was favoured by the Bedouin woman, while the male costume was used both as a weapon and a traditional fashion accessory.
Now adays due to the discovery of oil the bedouin life changed. how ever, you can see a section in Dubai museum devoted to the Bedouin lifestyle. This offers an interesting insight into the habitat, life and customs of the desert people. It is really intersting to see how our grandparents used to live more than 30 years ago.
Also, a visit to see a real bedouin life can be arranged too during one of the safari visits.
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