Habitats and Havens: From Morocco to Yemen, Here Are 12 Stunning Oases From Around the Middle East

In the land of sun and sand, scorching hot deserts are the norm and water is a scarce resource. But thankfully, our deserts are not barren. Dotting the massive expanse of gold and copper desert sands are numerous green oases, some of which are gorgeously lush and full of life, providing water, food and much-needed shade for those who wander the desert.

These havens of nourishment and safety are used by humans and animals alike, not only as a respite from the harsh climate of the desert, but also as rest-stops on longer journeys that sometimes stretch across continents; pilgrims on their way to Mecca from West Africa have traveled across the Sahara for hundreds of years, if not for the oases this journey would likely not have been possible.

From the west coast of Africa to the Arabian sands of Yemen and the UAE, the Middle East is home to some of the world’s most spectacular oases. Keep scrolling for photos of these surreal desert habitats!

Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco

Taghit, Algeria

Chebika, Tunisia

Ubari, Libya

Siwa, Egypt

Ein Gedi, Dead Sea

Wadi Ghuweir, Jordan

Palmyra, Syria

Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia

Socotra Wadi, Yemen

Wadi Bani Khaled, Oman

Liwa, UAE

WE SAID THIS: All habitats are important, and it’s vital, now more than ever, that we protect them so they can go on protecting us.