4x4 drive to the Empty Quarter (web only)


| May 15, 2020

Drive north of Salalah by 4x4 vehicle into the desert region known as the 'Empty Quarter'. Visit Job's Tomb, regarded as one of the most important religious sites in Dhofar. The Rub'al Khali, the 'Empty Quarter', is an immense desert covering about 650,000 square kilometres that promises extraordinary views and the recently-excavated Shishar, fabled lost city of Ubar. According to legend, Ubar was a magnificent kingdom – it is described in the Qur’an as "the many-columned city whose like has not been built in the whole land." Researchers speculate that the city may have been the earliest known shipping centre for frankincense. Corrupted by riches, Ubar, like Sodom and Gomorrah, was said to have suffered the wrath of God and been buried by sand somewhere between the first and fourth centuries AD. Research has since revealed that the city was built over a limestone cavern that subsequently collapsed. Have lunch in a Bedouin tent on the edge of the desert and drive to the Fassad water holes, located on the Yemeni border.

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