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Share your experiences of desert trips for the chance of winning a £200 hotel voucher

Tell us about your desert journeys the world over, whether they were organised excursions or independent adventures

The clarity of light, colours and sense of space that can be found in deserts make for incredibly memorable travel experiences. Whether you’ve camped under Saharan stars with the Bedouin, know a great motel in the Mojave or been off-road in the outback, we want to hear about it. Tell us about organised trips, riding on camels, running adventures, 4WD safaris, ancient sites, hikes and oases.

Send us your recommendations via GuardianWitness (including website, accommodation and prices etc, if possible). You’re welcome to add a photo if you own the copyright to it – but it’s the text we’ll be judging.

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Culture, clubbing and chaos: out with the locals in Beirut

Amid the city’s traffic jams and power cuts, a collaborative vibe among young Beirutis is seeing cutting-edge galleries and bars spring up, along with an emerging LGBTQ scene

‘Life in Lebanon exists on a Samuel Beckett level of absurdity,” actor, writer and poet Dima Matta tells me. We are chatting on the terrace at Onomatopoeia on Jean Jalkh Street; it’s a music hub and NGO where Matta’s storytelling events have become popular with young, culturally aware Beirutis. Matta is referring to a political elite seen as a corrupt, contemptible joke, and to the daily consequences – roads choked with cars, electricity that runs for only a few hours a day, a bribery culture, and so on – of this alleged avarice and incompetence.

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