"I live in Al Ain, a quite large city on the border between UAE and Oman. It is torrid hot, and it almost never rains. But I am used to it, now.
Funnily enough, when I looked for desert landscape, the only images I could find are these idyllic, frozen-in-time vector pictures of the 'Orient', with camels and Bedouins, sand, no roads, and women carrying water on their heads, as the picture I provided. This is nothing like how people live here! Women would not even carry their shopping, let alone water amphoras on their heads! And there are no camels in the middle of the city; those are found in camel farms only. In other words, I could not find a realistic picture of a desertic landscape online.
I live in a half-constructed compound: the back side of my villa has a beautiful artificial garden; the front side, however, is barren. I open the front door and there is a road, sand, garbage and a construction site, as you can see from the picture provided. The arrow on the left indicates a quite peculiar feature: a small oasis, with a water pond. I concentrated on this because, among all these construction sites, the water pond is an element of nature that Boy George (the local cat) and I cherish quite a bit. Some evenings I take a walk – and George follows- to the oasis; I feed him some Friskies and while he/she eats, I stick my feet into the water. It is a very relaxing moment for me and will be part of my most treasured memories."