The Gabaliya Bedouin live in the high mountains of the Sinai peninsular in Egypt. This region includes Mount Sinai where Moses spoke to God and St Catherine's Monastery, the oldest constantly inhabited Christian building on earth. The area has strong religious significance for Christians, Muslims and Jews.
Gabaliya means 'of the mountain' and legend has it that in these bedouin were sent by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian to protect St Catherine's monastery.
The high mountain area is a unique environment and the bedouin have adapted their lives to survive in this arid desert landscape. Hussein's garden is typical of the remote walled gardens established and tended by the bedouin for generations. This was filmed in March when the trees were covered in blossom. The harvest season starts in June with apricots.
We travelled with bedouinpaths.com. They organize trekking and trips into these remote and spectacular mountains.
Music: Aphex Twin "Stone in Focus" & Tarkan "Inci Tanem"
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Filmed with the Sony Ex1 and Letus Extreme.