Rub al Khali is named so because it means ‘Empty Quarter’, aptly titled because it’s a vast expanse of desert that stretches for a quarter of a million square miles. Want to find out more about the largest contiguous desert in the world?
A Few Facts
Rub al Khali is forty thousand square miles larger than the entirety of France. The entire desert receives only 1.2inches of rain a year which results in it being one of the arid environments on the planet. If you’re on the lookout for a Salalah beach resort, there’s plenty to choose from, such as Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara for example.
The Lost City
Explorers have attempted to journey across the desert foraging for treasures, probably following stories of a city sunken in sand. Many have looked for it but rational thinking dictates that no civilisation would have survived without a stable supply of water.
A Planet Within Another
Visiting Rub al Khali has been described as what it would be like to roam the terrains of Mars. Many writers have gained inspiration from the pristine landscape in order to paint their own worlds. The desert has also served as a setting for motion pictures.
Nature At Its Most Sublime
The Empty Quarter offers a glimpse into a world unmarred by humankind. Visiting Rub al Khali is not to be taken lightly as it poses serious dangers. Be well equipped, with plenty of portable shade and water.
Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+