Dust Reaching from Arabian Peninsula to Iran23.5N 52.0E
Dust blows off the coast of the Arabian Peninsula, over the Persian Gulf (left), the Strait of Hormuz (center) and the Gulf of Oman (right). The dust reaches more or less from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (below), across the bodies of water to Iran (above). Dust storms in the Arabian Peninsula and Sahara Desert are some of the most common.
This storm likely draws at least some of its dust from the Arabian Peninsula’s Empty Quarter, or Rub’ al Khali. Sprawling over parts of Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates, Rub’ al Khali is the largest sand sea on Earth, and it holds about half as much sand as the Sahara Desert.