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Desert Form

By Bolton66
This was taken at what I believe is called the Al Asayl Endurance Village near Abu Dhabi in the UAE. This is the site of endurance horse racing where race distances are typically up to 100 miles!

On a recent visit to the city we journeyed way out into the desert to a place called the Endurance Village. The word unbelievable is often overused, but, to be fair, very often spoken with true value when uttered in the UAE. When we got out of the car and through the main entrance we simply could think of no other word than ‘unbelievable’!

Here in the heart of the desert stands a lush green rich oasis. The healthiest, greenest grass surrounded by large mature trees. Please trust me, outside a radius of only a few hundred yards from where this shot was taken is the rolling sand of a hot Arabian desert. Simply unbelievable.

[as for the shot, I didn’t have my DSLR with me so had to take this with a compact – it’s a pity about the sky (a bit washed out to say the least), but I liked the vantage point I found with the gates for the horses in the background]

Tags: Horse Race General Racing Uae Emirates Arabian Landscape and travel Racecourse Abu dhabi Al asayl Sports and action

Voters: helenlinda, imagio, Herge88 and 8 more

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helenlinda Plus
14 374 22 United Kingdom
4 May 2008 7:17PM
Interesting description. You would never guess that grass was not the norm!
Lovely viewpoint and good composition
imagio 15 12 1 England
6 May 2008 12:28AM
When your as rich as them you can buy anything.

Nice shot..

Herge88 15 40 6 England
6 May 2008 10:15AM
An interesting perspective , 100 miles in that heat?

Best Matt
proz 17 205 United States
6 May 2008 2:05PM
good vantage point indeed. thanks for the info too.
Ridgeway 15 222 2 Ireland
25 May 2008 11:34PM
Interesting background,nice one.

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