See The World's Deserts by Drone


Majestic Desert of Akakus

Naim sh

Contributor Naim sh brings us this amazing drone video of some spectacular rock formations in the Libyan desert.  The Acacus Mountains begin at Ghat in the country's southwestern corner (near the Algerian border) and extend northward, forming part of the Sahara Desert.  The rock formations you'll see in the video host some of the world's most well known pre-historic cave art.   With paintings that are as old as 14 millennia, the area has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. 


Mongolia - Gobi Desert

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Contributor BaBi created this amazing aerial view of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia.  The great desert covers much of the southern part of the country, as well as large stretches of northwestern China.  It's known as a rain shadow desert, caused by the Tibetan Plateau blocking precipitation that would otherwise move into the area from the south.  It's the fifth largest desert in the world in terms of land area.  Unlike most deserts, the landscape consists primarily of exposed rock rather than sand. 


In Search of Elysium - 4K Aerial United Arab Emirates - UAE

Ghadir Shaar

Created over a 10 month period, this short film by Ghadir Shaar is meant to show off the United Arab Emirates and all the country has to offer. See the UAE's sharp, rugged mountains and endless, sandy deserts, its sprawling city of Dubai with its world-renowned architecture (as well as the world's tallest skyscraper), camels, deserted towns, and stunning sunrises.  This video was AirVuz Drone Video of the Week, December Week 2 and is now a Drone Video Awards' Nature & Landscape nominee.



Fabio Knoll

Wadi Rum is a desert valley lying in the southern portion of Jordan.  Occupied since ancient times, the area is home to some of the most spectacular rock formations anywhere on earth.  For this reason, it was chosen as the primary shooting location for the legendary 1962 Columbia Pictures film Lawrence of Arabia.  Award winning contributor Fabio Knoll flew his drone over the Wadi Rum, and the aerial view is nothing short of astounding.  


The Mighty Namib Desert

The west coast of the African nation Namibia is covered by the Namib Desert, which runs the length of the country's Atlantic coast. In this video, contributor Elevated Perspectives International gives us a bird's eye view of the mighty desert and includes footage of Sossusvlei, Cape Cross and Spitzkoppe.  The desert which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, was the primary shooting location for the movie Mad Max: Fury Road.


Sand & The City


In one small corner of the UAE, one can see a desert, visually unchanged for centuries, juxtaposed against one of the world's most impressive skylines.  Top contributor Madebyvadim used a DJI Phantom 3 Professional drone, combined with Sony and Canon ground cameras, to create this short but amazing video montage of the great city rising from the dunes of the ancient desert.  


Bolivian Desert


The Atacama Desert runs along the western coast of South American, covering parts of Chile, Peru, and Bolivia.  The desert, the driest in the world, is part of the Andes Mountains system, whose mountain peaks more or less surround the desert.  Using a DJI Phantom 3 Professional drone, Aerial Nomads gives us a bird's eye view of the portion of the Atacama which lies in southwestern Bolivia.  


Secrets of the Judaean Desert


The Judean Desert runs parallel to the Dead Sea in the eastern part of Israel.  It is an area steeped in history, with tremendous historical importance to Judaism, Christianity, and (to a somewhat lesser extent) Islam.  In this video, contributor Rea Burla treats us to spectacular tour of this amazing desert, which includes bird's eye views of St. George’s Monastery in the Wadi Qelt valley, the tomb of Moses, the UNESCO World Heritage site Masada, and the Dead Sea.


Dubai Evolution, From Desert to Skyscapers


Viewing the skyline of Dubai, one can't help but wonder how this major metropolis was carved out of the desert.  Contributor Bachir_Photo_Phactory uses a drone to show us visually the transition from the dry and desolate desert surrounding the city to the urban oasis that is Dubai.  The video includes astounding bird's eye views of Dubai’s most prominent skyscrapers, including the Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world.


Moreeb Dunes-The Sands of Time


The Moreeb Dunes in the United Arab Emirates contain some of the highest sand dunes in the world.  The highest such dune stands 300 meters (1k ft) above the desert floor, with a slope of nearly 50 degrees.  Top contributor Paul Vlad used the dunes as backdrop for this stunning drone video, featuring aerial footage of a car driving through the endless desert as well as a model standing atop one of the dunes.  Soak in the views from one of the world's most famous stretches of desert.



Patagonia fixer

Sandwiched between the Pacific and the Andes, the incredible landscape of Chile’s Atacama Desert is like no place on earth. Contributor Patagonia Fixer created a memorable aerial video of this amazing arid zone, with its jagged, rust-colored ravines, white salt flats, and volcano-topped horizons.  The desert is closely studied by scientists as it is considered to be the "truest" desert in the world.  It is considered to be part of the broader Andes Mountains Sytem of western South America.


Bahariya Black and White Desert Safari by ShanTVision

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Bahariya is a desert valley in near the center of Egypt in North Africa.  It is mentioned in various texts from ancient Egypt.  In this amazing video, contributor Til used a drone to capture aerial footage of  the "Mushroom" and "The camel" shaped rock formations which lies within a national park in the desert.  It should be pointed out that this  video was taken prior to the enactment of laws which make it illegal to fly drones in Egypt's national parks.   


Aerial over Monument Valley


Monument Valley, which spans the Utah-Arizona border in the Southwestern USA, has some of the most spectacular rock formations in the world.  In this 18 second drone video, you will forget all abouth them.  Watch as contributor Rick Ray Films captures a "cowboy" sitting on his horse overlooking this spectacular expanse of desert in the heart of the great American West.  


Desert Life

Aerial Eye Visuals

This may be the most cinematic aerial footage ever made of dune buggies.  Aerial Eye Visuals used a DJI Inspire drone to capture a group of friends driving their ATV's through endless sand dunes in a portion of the Arabian Desert near Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.  The ATV's in the sunset are beautiful to behold with a backdrop of the endless sands of the Empty Quarter, the largest contiguous desert area in the world. 


Namibia - Road Trip of a Lifetime


Travel blogger Youmitrip bought his first drone, a DJI Phantom, to document his amazing journeys across the globe. In this stunning aerial film, he shares his travels through the awe-inspiring Sub-Saharan desert country of Namibia.  A strong ecotourism industry contributes healthily to Namibia's GDP, with so many tourists lured by the wide variety of Namibian wildlife known to the desert landscape, such as the Plains Zebra, twenty species of antelope, African buffalo, and more, many of which are seen here in this Drone Video of the Week Nominee's souvenir video.


Sandboard in death valley, Atacama desert

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Enjoy an exciting ride down the sand dunes of Chile's Atacama Desert, courtesy of drone pilot Airpica.  He and his friends packed their sandboards and headed to the driest desert on the planet, where the soil is so remarkably similar to that on Mars that it as been the backdrop for  the television series "Space Odyssey".  Airpica's exciting footage makes for an out-of-this-world experience and a worthy nominee for the Drone Video of the Week contest.


Qasar Al Sarab

Fabio Knoll

Qasar Al Sahab is an exclusive, five star resort in the heart of the Middle Eastern desert.  It's in the United Arab Emirates, not far from the great city of Dubai (one of the emirates of which the UAE is comprised).  Top contributor Fabio Knoll created a stunning drone video of the recenly built resort, which sits at the edge of the so-called Empty Quarter, the largest uninterrupted area of desert in the entire world.  The bird's eye views of the endless Arabian sands are simply amazing.



Maurice Mbui

Contributor Maurice Mbui is creating a series of drone videos showing off the great African nation of Kenya.  In this segment, he put together a stunning aerial tour of Marsabit County in the north central part of the country.  This is desert country for the most part, punctuated with magnificent volcanoes and crater lakes.  The gigantic county covers over 65k square km (about 25k square miles) and is inhabited by fewer than 300,000 people as of 2018. 


Saudi Arabia - Johnny FPV


Top FPV pilot and drone racer JohnnyFPV, who travels the world making FPV freestyle videos, had the occasion to fly in Saudi Arabia recently.  The man who has lit up the skyscrapers of Miami Beach and taken on Icelandic waterfalls and the Austrian Alps now takes us to the Arabian desert.  With full permission from the requisite authorities, he gives us a unique view of one of the world's most iconic desert landscapes, from the vantage of a GoPro mounted to a racing drone. This video is nominated in the 2nd Annual Drone Video Awards.


Siwa Oasis: the most isolated place in Egypt

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Conributor Etch created this marvelous bird's eye view of Siwa Oasis in Egypt's great Western Desert, a part of the great Sahara.  It's located just a few km/mi from the country's border with neighboring Libya to the west.  It's considered the most remote part of Egypt, North Africa's largest country by population.   The oasis was named for a famous oracle and was once known as Oasis of Amun Ra.  It's believed that the area was settled in the tenth millennium BC.  


Deserts from Above

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Deserts cover 1/3 of the earth’s land surface area. There are four distinct types of deserts on earth. Subtropical deserts - very hot and dry in the summer and cooler but still dry in the winter. Coastal deserts - cool to warm areas with long, warm summers and cool winters. Semi-arid deserts - long, dry summers and cold winters with low rain or snowfall. Cold deserts - very dry and cold year-round Drone pilots from around the world have long been attracted to the barren beauty and mystery of deserts.