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A Sea of Sand

By Linda Tancs

There’s a sea of emptiness that swallows up a fifth of the Arabian Peninsula.  Known as Rub’ al-Khali (Empty Quarter), it’s the world’s largest sand desert.  Popularly referred to as the Sands, it encompasses parts of Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen and United Arab Emirates.  You might think of it as an arid wasteland, but the Bedouins have been calling this expanse home for ages.  Ever resourceful, they’re even giving tours that include ATV dune bashing and overnight camping.  Who knows, there may be a tourist lurking behind that next-door dune.

 

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