This unforgiving land is the stuff of legends, that so inspired the likes of intrepid writer Wilfred Thesiger and British adventurer TE Lawrence, characterised by vast, rolling sand dunes where the silence is punctuated at dusk by the bark of a desert fox or the grunt of a camel. Its Arabic name, Rub al Khali, signifies ‘the Abode of Silence’ and offers a unique experience for those who are hankering for a true getaway. Thesiger, who knew the area well, termed it “a cruel land that can cast a spell which no temperate clime can match.” Any visitor to this place will understand the old Arabic adage: ‘Rise early, for the hour after dawn is borrowed from paradise.’ The morning light falling across an epic landscape of dunes is one that will endure in the memory. It is also the time of the day when the heat is most bearable, while at night, the mercury plummets as a canopy of stars provides as dramatic a sky as you will ever see.
The Empty Quarter can be accessed from within the borders of Saudi Arabia.
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