Endless Summer, without St. Francis

Tal Mireb, Arabic for the terrible place, is a 300 meter high dune, the biggest in the UAE

Remember the climax of The Endless Summer: the guys trekking across the massive sand dunes to “discover” the perfect wave at Cape St. Francis? Well, I just had a similar experience but unfortunately there was no perfect point on the other side of the sand- just more sand. We went way down south in the UAE to the Liwa Oasis and what is the start of the “Empty Quarter”, one of the largest sand deserts in the world. Known lovingly as just The Sands, this area covers more than 225,000 square miles across the UAE, Saudi, Oman and Yemen and is notorious for being one of the most desolate places on earth.

a board in the back of the car is good for something when there's no water around

Amazingly the Beduin culture calls this place home. The ancestor’s of the rulers of Abu Dhabi came to the coast from this oasis back in the late 1700s.

Stopped at a camel farm and the herder showed us around. This little guy was 4 days old

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