Empty Quarter, Oman. If the Inuit really have a blizzard of words for snow, the Bedu of Arabia must have likewise for sand, so utterly is their world consumed and ruled by it. Smothering a fifth of the Arabian peninsula, the Rub’ al-Khali (‘quarter of emptiness’) is the largest sand sea in the world. Its ripples – tinged red-orange by abundant feldspar – carpet more than 580,000 sq km. #desert http://www.lonelyplanet.com/travel-tips-and-articles/sights-to-make-you-feel-small#ixzz2li4FgFLw
Grand ruins of empire, cities of glass and steel - these indisputable treasures of Arabia are easily matched by simple pleasures: a desert breeze, the haunting call to prayer or kahwa (coffee) with strangers.