Consequences of Snow in the Middle East

A camel enjoying the snow at St. Catherine's in Egypt's Sinai! [Via @belharesya from Twitter]

A camel enjoying the snow at St. Catherine’s in Egypt’s Sinai!
[Via @belharesya from Twitter]

It doesn’t normally snow in the Middle East. When it does, it turns into a complete disaster. Local houses aren’t meant to be warm in winter. They are built with holes and big windows, so that there is no insulation. There is no heating and not enough warm clothes for the poor. You can only imagine the scale of this disaster.

Here are some pictures from one of the Syrian refugee camps. As you can see some of the people wear flip-flops and are completely unprepared for such brutal weather:

I am sure some of you have already seen a picture of Sphynx covered with snow. I am talking about this image:

Well, it turns out to be fake.

Here is what one of my Egyptian friends wrote:

“Apparently, the images we’ve been seeing all over social media of the Pyramids and the Sphynx covered in snow, were actually not taken in Egypt at all, but they were photos taken of really detailed miniatures at a Park in japan named Tobu World Park! On the other hand, that park sounds awesome!”

The Sphynx/Pyramids shot from yet another angle. Tobu World Square is a theme park near Nikko and Kinugawa Onsen. The theme park boasts 42 exquisitely crafted scale models of famous UNESCO Heritage Sites, complete with 140,000 miniature people. Along with the World Heritage Sites, more mundane buildings are Tokyo Station, Narita Airport and Tokyo Dome, along with show pavilions for various hokey performances. ©John Lander

The Sphynx/Pyramids shot from yet another angle.
Tobu World Square is a theme park near Nikko and Kinugawa Onsen. The theme park boasts 42 exquisitely crafted scale models of famous UNESCO Heritage Sites, complete with 140,000 miniature people. Along with the World Heritage Sites, more mundane buildings are Tokyo Station, Narita Airport and Tokyo Dome, along with show pavilions for various hokey performances. ©John Lander

And here is another pic:

Last night I wanted to go out with some of my friends. We wanted to take a road by the Nile to go to one of the nice cafes in Downtown Cairo. Surrounded by a very thick fog, we had to find another way to get there. We couldn’t see our own car in the milky fog, not to mention the cars around us. I’ve never seen such fog in my life before.

Stay safe, everyone!

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