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Faisal's Finger, Riyadh

sunny 25 °C


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Off out into the desert again, this time to Faisal's Point (or Finger). A well known attraction just south of Riyadh. Failsal's Finger is part of the escarpment, often called the End of the World, about a 30min off road drive. Failsal's Point is, at a guess, 200m high and a very impressive sight. We decided to see the point from the top of the escarpment, you can drive round at see it from the base as well and it seems a popular picnic and camping spot.

5 of us set out, 3 Saudis and 2 expats and stopped at several point along the way.

Another Saudi Lizard was found despite the impressive camoflage
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We found our very own crystal cave, a strange find, looked like some animal had burrowed it out. Spread out outside of it was a load of quartz crystals - often called Saudi Diamonds I think - they can be cut and polished and certainly look impressive on jewellery.

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First sighting of the finger, it's hard to do it justice with a picture. Not easy to get a sense of scale with the photos. The point is approximately 200m high. Often people think it's blue skies all the way in Saudi but in reality it's more often very Hazy and this makes photography a little difficult.
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You can see the cars down at the bottom left of this photo to give a sense of the massive scale.
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Here's a panoramic video I took showing the marvelous vista we had.

Many, many thanks to Wail, Amr, Fahad and John for a memorable trip. Expect to see some shots from the bottom in future.

Posted by Gavin Lee 11:51 Archived in Saudi Arabia Tagged desert riyadh saudi_arabia Comments (0)

The Saudi Desert

Strange Beasts Roam

sunny 25 °C

Another trip into the desert this Friday, very pleasant weather at the moment, a nice 25degC. Went looking again for the elusive sharks teeth (only found one though).

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Pretty big beasts these camels.
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Quite a few desert flowers could be found, no idea how they grow in just the sand.
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Found this little beastie on the desert floor, quite fast for a little fella.
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But not fast enough!
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Posted by Gavin Lee 20:39 Archived in Saudi Arabia Tagged desert Comments (0)

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