Did you Know?
  • The Giant Long-horned Beetle (Anthracocentrus arabicus)is one of the largest beetles in the world at 11 centimetres and can be found in the natural Ghaf forest on the DDCR

Fixed Point Photography


To maintain a visual record of the different habitat types within the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.


  • To have a series of standardized photographs, which can be compared on a season to season and year to year basis.
  • Corresponding data on the fauna and flora of each site that can be used to gain a better understanding of the visual changes at each location.


  • Nineteen locations across four main habitat types of the DDCR were selected for a fixed-point photography project.
  • A 360° view of each point will be photographed in the winter and summer of each year.
  • At the same time, each point will have a rapid survey conducted on the area photographed, which will collect data on the diversity and abundance of fauna and flora.

Expected Output

  • A visual record of the changes that occur to the different habitats within the DDCR, that can be explained by environmental factors (rainfall, temperature etc.) or management decisions (stocking rate, land use etc.). This could then be used as a tool for future decision making.