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The Sinai Nomads Know How to Survive in Our Changing World

Anisa Mehdi
Board of Contributors
Apr 13, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
A view from the Sinai Trail, Egypt's first long-distance hiking trail.

A view from the Sinai Trail. Three Bedouin tribes joined forces to create Egypt's first long-distance hiking trail to take advantage of the tourism trade.


As changes in climate make the planet drier, the lifestyles of nomadic Bedouins may offer guidance. These peoples and tribes have survived in deserts for millennia, preferring life under a billion stars to life under an urban roof, respecting Earth's immeasurable power of life and death, and seeking her abundance under sandstone and granite, and in delicate desert flora. I recently spent a week walking with Bedouins in the South Sinai desert along with 12 other international travelers. My companions and I found our footing on stretches of the Bedouin-created Sinai Trail, Egypt's first long-distance hiking trail....

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