Peter Schlesinger
October 21, 2014

Google Street View has taken us inside cruise ships and museums, down famous boulevards and nameless alleys, and now, thanks to some surprisingly low-tech help, across the Arabian peninsula’s Liwa desert, in Dubai.

Rather than using a car to capture the images as it usually does, Google opted for a camel named Raffia. Why? Google spokeswoman Joyce Baz explained to UAE newspaper The National that it was “the best, most authentic and least damaging way.”

That, or it just makes for a great video. The best part? Drag the camera down and you can see Raffia’s shadow in the sand.

Peter Schlesinger is a research assistant at Travel + Leisure, and a member of the Trip Doctor news team. You can find him on Twitter at @pschles08.

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