Rub al-Khali, the "empty quarter"

The Rub al-Khali is still one of the most inaccessible areas of the earth. In ancient times frankincense caravans crossed this desert and created rich trading posts, of which only a few traces are to be found today.

 

The Rub al-Khali is still one of the most inaccessible areas of the earth. In ancient times frankincense caravans crossed this desert and created rich trading posts, of which only a few traces are to be found today.

On the border with Saudi Arabia, the huge dunes of the Great Central Arabian Desert stretch far into Omani territory. Its sands cover a quarter of the Arabian Peninsula. Since there is virtually no water in this desert, it is also sparsely populated; hence her name Rub Al Khali, the "Empty Quarter".

The sand dunes rise like mountains from the plain. The deeper you penetrate into this fascinating landscape, the further away you are from everyday life in Europe, with its bustle and noise. You dive into absolute silence, surrounded by an endless sea of sand dunes. However, you should only go on an excursion to this desert with a local guide who knows the area.