Sahara Desert in Libya
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.
The Great Gobi Desert of Mongolia
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.
The Desert of the UAE
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.
Namib Desert, Namibia
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 (1999), the fourth installment of the series.
Chile's Atacama Desert
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.
Jordan's Wadi Rum Desert
Wadi Rum is a desert valley lying in the southern portion of Jordan. The area is home to some of the most spectacular rock formations anywhere on earth. It was chosen as the primary shooting location for the legendary 1962 Columbia Pictures film Lawrence of Arabia. More recently, Wadi Rum "stood in" for the desert moon of Jedha in the 2015 Star Wars film The Force Awakens. Award winning contributor Fabio Knoll created this marvelous drone's eye view of the great desert.
Kenya's Chalbi Desert
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 (the Chalbi Desert) 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.
Israel's Judean 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.
Resort in the Empty Quarter, UAE
Qasar Al Sahab is a 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. 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. This area achieved a degree of fame by appearing as the planet Jakku in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
FPV in the Arabian Desert
Top FPV pilot and drone racer JohnnyFPV, who travels the world making FPV freestyle videos, created this magnificent video from Mada'in Saleh, an archaelogical site in northwestern Saudi Arabia . 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 quad-mounted GoPro. This was the Winning video in the 2nd Annual Drone Video Awards in the Cinematic FPV category and was FPV Video of the Year.
Oasis in Egypt's Great Western Desert
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.
Death Valley: Mojave Desert
Death Valley is located in the Mojave desert of southeastern California. It's a land of extremes - the lowest point in the USA, and home of some of the hottest temperatures ever recorded. In the 1970's, the other-worldly look of the place caught the attention of a filmmaker named George Lucas. The result was that Death Valley was used as a filming location for the first Star Wars movie, now called Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. In this video, EUCORP gives us a bird's eye view of the famous valley.
India's Thar Desert
While India is perhaps most closely associated with gigantic mountains and wide rivers, it's also home to one of the world's largest deserts. The Thar Desert, sometimes known as the Great Indian Desert, covers 200k square km (just over 75k square mi.), most of which is in the northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan. It's one of the world's top 20 deserts in area, and the most populated. In this video, you'll get an aerial tour of this magnificent desert, compliements of contributor Miapvideos.
The Empty Quarter: Largest Contiguous Desert
Rub' al Khali or Liwa Desert (also known as the Empty Quarter) is the largest contiguous sand desert in the world. It covers much of the Arabian Peninsula, including most of the United Arab Emirates. The UAE portion of the desert became much more well known following its appearance as the dusty world of Jakku in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), the first of the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy. In this video, you'll get an epic bird's eye view of Planet Jakku, courtesy of Verano47.
Israel's Negev Desert
The desert areas of southern Israel are home to some of the world's most unusual rock formations. One of these is the HaMakhtesh HaGadol ("Big Crater") in the Negev Desert. It's actually not a volcanic crater but rather a makhtesh, a landform which is caused by unusual erosion patterns and which is almost unknown outside of southern Israel and the Sinai Peninsula. In this video, Ori Feldman used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create an epic aerial video of a hike on this amazing formation.
The Sonoran Desert
The United States and Mexico share two deserts, both of which are amongst the world's 15 largest: the Chihuan and Sonoran Deserts both straddle the two countries' long border. The Sonoran covers about 300k square km (around 120k square mi.) in the states of California, Arizona, and New Mexico on the USA side and Sonora and Baja California on the Mexico side. In this drone video by AZGeek, you'll get a look at the Sonoran Desert just northwest of Tucson in Arizona.
Desert in Australia's Northern Territories
The continent-nation of Australia is covered in deserts; named ones cover almost 1.4 million square km (over 500k square mi.); taken together as a single desert it would be the fourth largest in the world and the second largest (after the Sahara) not counting the polar deserts. Most of the country's desert areas are to be found in the state of Western Australia, South Australia, and the Northern Territories. In this video by Falconskytech, you'll get a bird's eye view of a desert area in the Northern Territories.
The Canary Islands' Desert Dunes
Contributor Hamed.razzaghi created this memorable drone video of a spot on Gran Canaria in Spain's Canary Islands. Maspaloma is a town on the southern coast of the island, which lies in the middle of the archipelago. It is surrounded by an arid area of other-worldly beauty. Moviegoers may see some familiar territory here; the Maspaloma sand dunes were used to film the 2010 blockbuster action movie Clash of the Titans, which grossed nearly a half billion dollars at the box office.
The Great Chihuahuan Desert
The Chihuahuan Desert is one of the 15 largest in the world by area. It's considered to be of the semi-tropical variety, and it covers over 360k square km (about 140k square mi). The Mexican part of the desert covers a large part of Chihuahua and four other states, and on the USA side it covers much of West Texas as well as portions of New Mexico and Arizona. In this video by k2team.mty, you'll get a bird's eye view of this magnificent desert in the state of Nueva Leon.
Camels of the Sahara, Tunisia
Top contributor Bbloss put this video together from his trip to the North African country Tunisia. No matter how many drone videos you've seen, you probably haven't seen many from a camel-borne pilot. That's what you'll get here; most of the video was shot riding a (two hump) camel on the Mediterranean coastline, where the Sahara desert goes right up to the sea. The video wraps up with a beautiful sunset shot of a hilltop town somewhere in the vast desert.
The Sahara Desert in Algeria
Contributor Tarik Kiko Mavic Pro used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this magnificent drone video from the Sahara Desert in Algeria. Tassili n'Ajjer ("Plateau of the Rivers") is a national park in the southeastern part of this vast country in North Africa, not far from the border with Libya. In addition to its spectacular natural scenery, the park is home to some well known pre-historic rock art, some of which is up to 12,000 years old. The park has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Namib: Desert of Sub-Saharan Africa
In this video, contributor and drone pilot Justin Sullivan shows us the beauty of the Namib Desert in the southwest African country Namibia. It runs for about 2k km (around 1.2k mi.) along the coast of western Africa, also including territory of South Africa and Angola. It is believed to be possibly the oldest desert in the world. The Namib Desert was seen by millions after it was used as a primary filming location for the 2015 post-apocalyptic movie Mad Max: Fury Road.
The Atacama Desert in Bolivia
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 it. The Atacama has a surface area of about 120,000 square km (54k square mi.), making it one of the world's 20 largest. 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.
Desert Compilation Video
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.