Tribesmen lead their camels through the sand dunes of the Liwa desert, 220 kms west of Abu Dhabi, on November 23, 2013.
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October 8, 2014 3:41 PM EDT

For adventurous types who are short on sunscreen, Google Maps has just extended its street view deep into the Arabian Desert.

The trek cuts a narrow path through the Liwa desert, 150 kilometers southwest of Abu Dhabi, winding through an endless stretch of sand dunes measuring upwards of 40 meters in height. But the coolest feature is possibly the view straight down to the ground, where a silhouette of Google’s streetview camera can be seen mounted atop a camel’s back.

“We hope this collection gives you a glimpse of what it may be like to travel the desert as caravan merchants have for the past 3000 years,” Google wrote in a statement. Well, provided you can ignore the state-of-the-art 3D camera casting its shadow across the sand.


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