pictures were taken on a ride from Sharm el Sheikh to Taba along
the length of the Gulf of Aqaba. An interesting journey (as long
as you don't have to repeat it). Miles and miles of rock, sand,
hills and just the very occasional living scruffy shrub where it
could tap into deep ground water.
The area is the domain of Bedouin
Arabs who for millennia are the only people who were able to
make any kind of living, or even to have come up with any reason
to be here at all. That they could do so is by keeping moving
rather than trying to live in any single place as there is
no-where that could support a settlement except along the coast
where there are a number of fishing villages - that are now
mainly jumping on the tourist bandwagon as a reason for
development is finally arriving.
The interior is empty, though it
possible to go there as part of a moto-safari or take part in a
(tourist version) of a traditional Bedouin feast. Otherwise, it
is apparently the domain of gun runners and drug smugglers
amongst the more law abiding Bedouin.