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Google opts for Camel View to help capture Arabian desert

The company’s street view service now allows you to tour the Liwa desert, one of the largest oases.

Image: Google Arabia/YouTube

AFTER COVERING ROADWAYS, the Arctic circle, the Amazon and other random, Google Street View has now captured one of the largest oases in the Arabian peninsula on street view.

The company has captured images from the Liwa Desert, which is located in the United Arab Emirates, allowing users to take a virtual tour of the oasis and dunes which can reach a height of 25-40 metres.

To help capture the imagery, the Google Street View team attached its 360-degree camera onto a camel. The reason for this was so it could “collect authentic imagery and minimise our disruption of this fragile environment.”

The Liwa desert is one of the oldest sites in the United Arab Emirates as it was home to early settlers in the Late Stone Age.

To capture the imagery, The National reports that an Indian guide walked the camel from as early as 6am to photograph the area in the clearest weather conditions possible.

Google originally launched Street View in 2007 and has captured 360-degree views of heritage sites and landmarks as well as streets. It has covered more than 59 different countries using this technology.

Source: Google Arabia/YouTube

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