Our trip to Al Sahra Desert Resort in Term 2 allows the children to travel back in time to follow in the footsteps of the explorer Wilfred Thesiger whose explorations and published books have become an important account of life in the desert. The children get up close and personal with an Arabian horse and learn just how important they were to the Bedouin people. They learn about the features of an Arabian horse and why it is so well adapted to life in the desert. The children also learn about the camel and its importance to the Bedouin people, not only as a source of food but as a means of transport from oasis to oasis. The children sit in a natural oasis, sheltered by date palms while they learn the different ways in which the date palm can be used, from food to an important building material. They get the opportunity to taste camel milk and find out more about the properties of this important food source. The children dress up in traditional national dress for this trip which helps to heighten their understanding of life in the desert many years ago and make connections and comparisons with modern Dubai, the city that they call home.