The Empty Quarter
The Rub Al Khali desert encompasses about a third of the whole Arabian Peninsula, taking up much of Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, it is romantically known as ‘The Empty Quarter’. In total it is over 1000km long and 500km wide and it consists of wave upon wave of huge sand dunes. In times gone past, many an ambitious trader perished trying to carry their goods across this desert, along the ‘Frankincense Trail’ to the ports of the Arabian sea. If you’re visiting the south of Oman, then camping out in the Empty Quarter for a night or two is an experience not to be missed and a more ‘off-the-beaten-track' alternative Wahiba Sands.