Still Shifting Sands

Bedu is a simple, straightforward term meaning “inhabitant of the desert,” and refers generally to the desert-dwelling nomads of Arabia, the Negev, and the Sinai. Think evocative imagery–of lyrical, shifting sands, flowing robes, and the long, loping strides of camels. Better still, watch Lawrence of Arabia.

In the arid expanse of the Sinai (Egypt), as in the Negev (Israel) and the deserts of Arabia, the many tribes of the Bedouin journeyed by camel from oasis to oasis, following a traditional way of life and maintaining a pastoral culture of exceptional grace, honor, and beauty.

Modern Dubai is testament to the nomadic Bedouin journey and that of non-Bedouin transits across its aridity.


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