Saudi Arabia, Dates, Desert, Camels
Saudi Arabia situated on the Arabic peninsula. During our more than one year stay in Saudi Arabia, we lived in the eastern province, in Al Khobar. The eastern province borders to the Persian Gulf on the east side. In the west the province borders by a desert. In opposite to the city of Al Khobar lies the small island state of Bahrain.
The 26 km long King Fahd Causeway connects both countries Saudi Arabia and Bahrain to each other. The causeway has a special thing. The checkpoint locates in the middle of the causeway on an artificial island.
Characteristic for Saudi Arabia is the vast desert indeed and the extremely arid climate. Despite the major cities, there is nothing more than the desert. The vegetation is very poor. The only trees we found were mainly date palms. However, some kind of low grasses sometimes grow. Always amazing is the fact there is water there is life. Especially in the palm groves of the oases is the life diverse.
Saudi Arabia the desert is everywhere
A symbol of the desert is, of course, the camel. And indeed camels are the only big animal we saw in the desert beside sheep and some insects. Sometimes large herds of camels blocked the road. We never find out why the camels always do that. It seems to us the camels like the road very much indeed.
In contrast to the desert is the Persian Gulf. Here there is a lush life. When we snorkelling we could observe this diversity again and again. Small fishes and big fishes, many jellyfishes and beautiful shells, so far the gulf is full of life.
One of the world’s largest oil and gas reserves locates in the eastern province. It is obviously because gas and oil plants are visible almost everywhere. However, it’s difficult to imagine that millions of years this area was a green habitat.
Saudi Arabia has a desert climate with extremely high day-time temperatures. With up to 50 °C in the summertime, the temperature can be really hot. However, with a low around 8 °C in the wintertime, it’s very cool also. This is not only true for the air temperature. While in the summer the water in the gulf is extremely warm, it’s even more really cool in the winter.
Finally, sand, shifting sand dunes, hot air and a lot of camels the desert is everywhere.