The desert climate is a harsh climate and survival can be difficult. People live in tents and mud houses. They raise sheep, goats and camels. They eat dates from palm trees and drink goat milk. Cheese made from goat and sheep milk is also a staple in their diet.
People living in the desert are nomadic and move frequently in search of water. They wear white flowing robes and turbans to protect their head and eyes against the blazing sun.
Oases in the desert are few and far between and this is where trading activities are carried out. People trade wool, animals skins and even buy and sell animals.