Traditionally, the Bedouin livelihood primarily involved the herding of sheep, goats, and camels that provided meat, milk products, and wool. We did not know that Saudis traditionally import camels from North Africa. And because of the combination of disease, drought, and political instability Australia became a better supplier over the years. Why Australia? Because the continent has the largest population of camels left in the world.

On our way to the south, we hit a few groups of Bedouins, nowadays driving around Camel herds in their Toyotas, followed by a convoy of trucks with water cisterns and huge air-conditioned mobile homes. They were very friendly and loved to take photos.