Most of the images for Google Street View are collected with a car (a Prius usually), but for the first time, the task was given to an animal – a 10-year-old camel named Raffia. That’s if you don’t include the hundreds of hikers from around the world that walked paths inaccessible to cars with a Google Camera mounted on their backpacks.
The “Trekker’ camera, which collects 360-degree views, was strapped to the top of her hump. Raffia set off at 6am with her guide to photograph the UAE’s Liwa Desert in the clearest weather conditions possible, and the images are incredible! The breathtaking dunes, the oasis, and even other camels, as well as Raffia’s own footprints and shadow.
This is only the third Street View available in the UAE, following the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. They’re hoping that the coverage online and accessibility to these images might encourage people to come and visit, or to even learn about the area! They are right though, i’ve never heard of this place before and now i’m checking it out through Google Images, and it looks amazing.
Fancy a stroll through the desert? Check it out here: Liwa Google Street View