The Rub' al Khali encompasses most of the southern third of the Arabian Peninsula. The sand desert covers 650,000 km² including parts of Saudi Arabia, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. (To get some perspective on that enormity, that's 40,000 km² bigger than France.) It's easy to understand why this largest area of sand on earth is known as the Empty Quarter and you will soon see why the desert has been used as a film location for Star Wars and The Matrix films. Just 2-3 hours drive from Riyadh, bring plenty of water as this is one of the driest places on earth and subsequently one of the most sparsely populated. But is a stunning natural landscape and well worth seeing.
WHERE TO STAY
Located in downtown Olaya, Fraser Suites Riyadh has 95 Gold Standard fully-furnished luxury serviced apartments including studios plus one-bedroom and two-bedroom luxury residences. The gym has fantastic views over the city and the rooftop swimming pool is perfect for relaxing. If you are bringing the family, the children's Playzone will be appreciated and Faisaliah Mall is nearby. Join Fraser World to become eligible for exclusive perks such as complimentary breakfasts, discounts on rates, early check-ins, late check-outs and more.