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Red Sand Dunes of Arabian Desert, Saudi Arabia

24.4N 45.3E

November 21st, 2011 Category: Deserts

Saudi Arabia - November 8th, 2011

The Arabian Desert is a vast desert wilderness stretching from Yemen to the Persian Gulf (top right) and Oman to Jordan and Iraq. It occupies most of the Arabian Peninsula, with an area of 2,330,000 square kilometers (900,000 sq mi).

At its centre is the Rub’al-Khali, one of the largest continuous bodies of sand in the world. This extreme environment features everything from red dunes to deadly quicksand. The climate is extremely dry, and temperatures oscillate between extreme heat and seasonal night time freezes.

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