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Mezaira'a, United Arab Emirates

13 August 2014

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Mezaira'a, an area of habitation in the centre of the Liwa Oasis, can be seen in this Proba-1 image, acquired by the CHRIS instrument on 30 July 2014.

Also known as Muzayri, it is one of almost fifty villages in the oasis, and serves as a popular starting point for travellers and tourists visiting the area. A highway connects Abu Dhabi to the oasis, and also connects all of the villages to one another. Joining the oasis from the east, it moves through to the western end and can be seen through the centre of this image.

The Lima Oasis is a 100 km stretch of land within the Rub' al Kahli Desert, close to the border of Saudi Arabia. It is composed of a belt of oases in a curve across the desert, around which villages formed to benefit from the rare and valuable points of water. The oases also make limited agriculture possible, and palm forests have been grown through the area, from which dates are farmed.

Today the oasis is increasingly popular as a tourist destination, with visitors exploring the dunes in the surrounding desert. The oasis is also home to a number of Bedouin villages.


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