Women's Heritage Walk


The Women's Heritage Walk is a 5-day walk through the desert from Al Ain to Abu Dhabi, in the UAE. 
It was started by American expat Jody Ballard in 2015 and is as much a celebration of bedouin culture and history as a time of empowerment for the women who participate. In 2018, 50 women of 18 different nationalities made the challenging trek, retracing the traditional 125km route  by walking approximately 25km a day. 

Despite the intense physical challenge, made even more difficult by two days of grueling sandstorm, the women always stayed supportive of each other. They unfailingly celebrated the bonds of sisterhood they formed, sealed by plenty of sweat and tears.

A desert flower on day 1.
A desert flower on day 1.
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Hiking through the dunes on day 2.
Hiking through the dunes on day 2.
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View from above, day 2.
View from above, day 2.
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Desert sands, day 3.
Desert sands, day 3.
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Finding shade, day 1.
Finding shade, day 1.
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Reaching the camp, day 2.
Reaching the camp, day 2.
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Flags to find the way, day 2.
Flags to find the way, day 2.
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Camel ride, day 4.
Camel ride, day 4.
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Dancing, day 4.
Dancing, day 4.
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Taking a rest, day 5.
Taking a rest, day 5.
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Sunrise, day 5.
Sunrise, day 5.
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Sand storm, day 4.
Sand storm, day 4.
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Sandstorm, day 5.
Sandstorm, day 5.
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Raising their flags, day 4.
Raising their flags, day 4.
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Sand blisters, day 5.
Sand blisters, day 5.
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Flying falcons, day 6.
Flying falcons, day 6.
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Falcon, day 6.
Falcon, day 6.
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Perfume making workshop, day 1.
Perfume making workshop, day 1.
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Finish line, day 6.
Finish line, day 6.
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Mama is back, day 6.
Mama is back, day 6.
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