Iran’s Mesr desert will mesmerise you with its barren beauty

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The Mesr desert, about 305 miles (500 kilometers) southeast of Tehran, is a desert and also an oasis located in central Iran. An Iranian woman covers herself with a blanket due to the cold, while visiting Khour salt lake in the desert. (AP)

The Mesr desert, about 305 miles (500 kilometers) southeast of Tehran, is a desert and also an oasis located in central Iran. An Iranian woman covers herself with a blanket due to the cold, while visiting Khour salt lake in the desert. (AP)

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Deserts make up parts of Iran which have recently become tourist destination for young Iranians looking for a break on their weekend. An Iranian man walks on the sands while enjoying his weekend in the Mesr desert. (AP)

Deserts make up parts of Iran which have recently become tourist destination for young Iranians looking for a break on their weekend. An Iranian man walks on the sands while enjoying his weekend in the Mesr desert. (AP)

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An Iranian woman walks on the sands. The increase in tourists to the desert has stimulated economic growth in the area. (AP)

An Iranian woman walks on the sands. The increase in tourists to the desert has stimulated economic growth in the area. (AP)

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An Iranian woman relaxes on the sands. Mesr desert and its oasis are known as Dashte-Kavir in Persian. (AP)

An Iranian woman relaxes on the sands. Mesr desert and its oasis are known as Dashte-Kavir in Persian. (AP)

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An Iranian tourist walks alongside the remains of old buildings in the Mesr desert. (AP)

An Iranian tourist walks alongside the remains of old buildings in the Mesr desert. (AP)

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Iranian youths form a dance line in the desert. There is also a town of the same name close by. (AP)

Iranian youths form a dance line in the desert. There is also a town of the same name close by. (AP)

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An Iranian man flips on the sands while enjoying his weekend in the desert. (AP)

An Iranian man flips on the sands while enjoying his weekend in the desert. (AP)

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Iranian youths riding a quad bike in the desert. There is a spring that flows out of the foothills of these mountains. (AP)

Iranian youths riding a quad bike in the desert. There is a spring that flows out of the foothills of these mountains. (AP)

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Iranian youths enjoy their weekend in the Mesr desert. Mesr town is known for its gardens and date palm orchards. (AP)

Iranian youths enjoy their weekend in the Mesr desert. Mesr town is known for its gardens and date palm orchards. (AP)

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Iranian youths warm themselves by a fire in the Khour salt lake. A popular spot for tourists, sunset gazing is encouraged here. (AP)

Iranian youths warm themselves by a fire in the Khour salt lake. A popular spot for tourists, sunset gazing is encouraged here. (AP)

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A tourist bus parks in the Khour salt lake as Iranians warm themselves around a fire, while watching stars. Other attractions include watching the moonrise, star gazing, the dunes, the camels, the traditional houses and listening to the silence of the desert. (AP)

A tourist bus parks in the Khour salt lake as Iranians warm themselves around a fire, while watching stars. Other attractions include watching the moonrise, star gazing, the dunes, the camels, the traditional houses and listening to the silence of the desert. (AP)

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