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United Arab Emirates - UAE - Shapes & Shadows of Empty Quarter Desert - Rub Al Khali

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Abu Dhabi Emirate is covered for the most of its part by the well known Empty Quarter desert, which is also known by its local name which is the Rub Al Khali desert


The Empty Quarter desert offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the region. Amazing sand dunes can be found in this region of the United Arab Emirates. It is not uncommon to find beautiful sand dunes that reach up to 250 meters or more. The Rub Al Khali desert occupies around 25% of the Arabian Peninsula and has been named the largest of all sand deserts to be found anywhere in the world. Rub Al Khali can best be described a stark and arid desert. An oasis can be found inside this dry desert on occasion and local herdsmen do use these extensively.


To get to this place I drove the most amazing desert road ever and got to the most amazing desert resort Anantara Qasr Al Sarab in the middle of sea of sand dunes and nothing else but desert. I first enjoyed some arabic coffee there before heading to shoot desert under late afternoon light. I wanted to come here for long time and after seeing it I wonder why did it take me so long. But I guess better late than never.


Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Lens’s focal length: 24.00 - 105.00 mm; Focal length: 45.00 mm; Aperture: 9.0, Exposure time: 1/200 s, ISO: 100


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Taken on March 7, 2010