|Ghaf Trees, near Al Ain, UAE © Doug Hickok All Rights Reserved|
Arabian ghaf trees grow in extremely arid conditions where water is seemingly absent. Yet, because of their deep tap roots (as long as 100 feet), they are able to survive by finding subterranean water tables.
Ghaf trees were an essential source of food, shelter and medicine for desert tribes and therefore cherished by them. But in recent decades it's survival has been threatened, which is why it has been declared a protected national treasure in the UAE.
As you may have guessed by now, if you have been following our UAE posts, this image was taken from a camel as we rode through the desert.