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Page 51. " The Empty Quarter "

The Rub’ al Khali is a sector of desert encompassing parts of Southern Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Yemen known for its inhospitability and enormous sand dunes. The Empty Quarter was first crossed by Bertram Sidney Thomas in 1930 -31 and later by St.John Philby, the father of double agent Kim Philby, before being crossed by Wilfred Thesiger. It is known as the Empty Quarter as it is not even inhabited or traversed by the Bedouin, such is its hostility.