Experience this Day Tour from Salalah
by delving into the magnificent Rub Al Khali Desert and exploring Wilfred Thesiger’s Trails in the Empty Quarter.
The Empty Quarter is a stunningly beautiful and vast desert, as described by British explorer Wilfred Thesiger in his book Arabian Sands. Thesiger saw the Bedouin people who call the desert home as noble and dignified, and the desert itself as a sea upon which they roamed freely. To camp or drive over the dunes in a four-by-four is to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Earth, with multicolored sands and windswept hills as far as the eye can see. The silence is penetrating and the night sky is filled with sparkling stars, making time seem to evaporate. It’s a breathtaking experience that should not be missed.
The tour starts at 08:30 AM from your hotel or in Salalah town via the Qoura Mountains. A first short break will be held in Thumrait city, which is famous as a Bedouin settlement. Continue westward cross-country towards the desert of Al Nejd. The Lost City of Ubar is a place where remnants of the city were discovered by archaeologists in 1992. The Rub al-Chali desert stretches from the foothills of the mountains to an enormous sandy plain covering much of the area. The region is known for its oil and archaeological sites.
The entire desert covers an area of about 780,000 square kilometers. It borders Nejd and the desert of Nefud in the north, Hadhramaut in Yemen in the south, and the United Arab Emirates in the northeast. In the south, the rub al-Chali is climatically limited by the areas which, like the region of Dhofar (Oman), are under the influence of the monsoon. You will explore part of it on this exciting ride through the spectacular Al Hasman (Fasad) sand dunes, which rise more than 200 meters high.
After this unique experience in the color changing dunes, you will return to Salalah. On your way back, you will see the “Incense Wadi” and the Wadi “Dawka” (UNESCO World Heritage Site).