Empty Quarter
Empty Quarter
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Jane R
Aberdeen, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
I went to Oman and we contacted Empty Quarter Tours via email on the recommendation of a good friend: Yousuf8601@yahoo.com. We had a great tour to the desert, swam in wadis and sinkholes and camped overnight seeing one of the most beautiful night skies I have ever seen. The jeep driving was exciting with extremely experienced drivers and Yousuf couldn't have put together a better programme, he listened to what everyone wanted and totally delivered, also he was very reasonable. I would definitely go again. We felt safe throughout, great food and amazing scenery.
Written 7 February 2024
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Stefana T
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
One of the main reasons for coming to Oman and Saudi Arabia was to visit the desert, especially the Rub’ al Khali. So we were 4 people (I, my husband and 2 friends). I found the “Arabian Sand Tour Services” in the internet. In total we changed I think 20 Emails but they were always prompt and offered all the information we asked for.
At the beginning we wanted 3 days (and 2 nights) of wild camping (tents) but a few days before our journey we changed it to 1 night in order to be able to see other places around Salalah. They were very flexible and offered us 1 night in the desert and other beautiful places to see in the 3rd day which I fully recommend.
In the first day on our way to the dunes we went to the Frankincense plantation and the Al Hashmann village. On our way back we went to Ubar and the rocky desert. On the 3rd day we went in the Qara mountains, the city of Mirbat and the amazing Wadi Darbat. On our way we visited some Baobab trees, ate in local restaurants and met local people.
My wife and I have traveled the whole world but we have never met a guide like Mohammed. The whole time we spent with him he explained us everything not only from an objective point of view (which one can find in the books) but also from his point of view and how it is pereceived by the locals. We talked about arabian culture, religion, how the tribe laws work and he told us stories from his vast experience in the desert (more than 10-15 years). And above all he was a funny person and we made jokes. At the end we felt like he is more like a bigger brother than a guide.

One more thing. We had to change also our accomodation and they promptly offered us 2 rooms with sea view in their villas on the beach.

All in all we had a great experience with them because we didn’t feel like guests, but more like new members of their community who are willing to discover their past, culture and way of life. In our opinion this is the essence of a trip like this, to discover things that could never be discovered in a book or a vlog. We will definitely return for a longer stay in Rub’ al Khali.
Written 26 September 2023
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Dubai Fam
Dubai, United Arab Emirates875 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
This review is about Empty Quarter, what a majestic place to visit and see away from all the distractions and city noise. It’s a place where the heart and mind get connected and start to think and feel of all the positive energy inside you. you defiantly need a super good car, I cant recommend less, get your food and water supplies depending on your agenda, don’t forget your car emergency tools, extra petrol tank preferred metal and graded and first aid kit. I do not recommend this place for kids or families and if they do, then not more than a day. It’s a place where you can see where it all begun, snakes, scorpions, lizards, amazing night animals and birds, just make sure you have the right camera to capture it right. if you are couples, this place will bond you more and make you work as a team. meditation is your best when you don’t hear anything except the wind. No money can buy this, that is why its free. Make sure you carry your ID’s, passports just in case. Please clean your mess as you leave cause no one going to clean it there.
Written 6 September 2020
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Marek P
Gdansk, Poland1,921 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
On the way from Salalah to Muscat, driving through the interior we got a night's sleep at the Empty Quarter border. The Empty Quarter is nothing more than a huge, sandy desert covering part of Oman and a much larger part of Saudi Arabia. After a fascinating accommodation, we went deep into the desert where we drove through magnificent dunes. Our cars with 4-wheel drive buried and it was difficult to get out of the sand, but ... we managed. That was great!
Written 2 January 2020
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Barry P
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Fantastic Trip Intro by Kathy from Dhofar Adventures:
Issa was the guide,driver, interpreter, host,cook and best travel buddy.
Highly recommended Issa, Contact -Whats-app +968 99679933. Personalised trips overnight in the Empty Quarter.
Written 26 December 2019
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Poppadoc5748
Brighton, UK234 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
We visited the Empty Quarter and stayed in the Al Hashman camp. The camp is very basic with tents in which there are two or three beds. Food is served in the open around a firepit. The camp is surrounded by dunes which can be climbed with difficulty. Our visit was a few days after there had been rain in the desert and plants with yellow flowers were scattered around in the sand. Racing around on the dunes in a 4x4 is great fun for the guides/drivers and their passengers! Lying in the open looking up at the starry sky is a memory to treasure. Sunset and sunrise from the top of the dunes is spectacular.
Written 20 November 2018
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meeleng w
Menlo Park, CA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
We had a 3 nights stay, camping at Empty Quarter. While the day temperature was hotter than I would like (Nov mid), the morning and evening hikes up the dunes were outstanding experience. Our guides, Mohamed and Ali of Arabiansandtourservices.com were wonderful. They are great, careful drivers (up/down dunes in 4WD) and very amiable in supporting our needs - besides driving, taking us to hike beautiful dunes, setting up camps, etc.
Written 19 November 2018
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Nina G
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
Visiting Rub al-Khali is definately a great experience to remember.

We did a private day tour with tour giude Ahmed (phone number :99493775
whatsup: 98858477) from Salalah which I can definitely recommend if do not have the time to stay overnight in the desert. He also offers to stay overnight though.

He picked us up from our hotel and drove us to Al Hashman springs, empty quarter in Rub al-Khali, Ubar and also to a place with frankincense trees and on our way back we even stopped at a local place close to the desert to eat. On our way to the desert he bought us local coffee and dates. It was enjoyable to drive there and see the landscape change and chat with him about Oman.

I can only recommend Rub al-Khali as the desert in itself is so impressive. Plus there were no other people except us. The best experience for me was actually "hearing" the silence, the moment when I heard just "nothing" was a bit scary at first but absolutely breathtaking and unique. I truly loved the desert and wished I could have stayed longer. Next time I would do an overnight tour which gives you more time to enjoy the desert and also experience sunset, the night and sunrise.
Written 18 November 2018
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atrecker
Aspen, CO60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Solo
The Empty Quarter or Rub' al Khali, is enormous - approx. 700 kms long & 500 kms wide covering Oman, Saudi Arabia, Yemen & the UAE. It's highlight, apart from the remoteness are the enormous sand dunes - thousands of them, all different shapes and sizes, often exceeding 200m in height. It's been on my bucket list for years and I wasn't disappointed with what I experienced. I did have an excellent guide ( Suhail al Mahri) an excellent man and good company in the desert.
It's not just the sound of silence, which you can hear or the stars above, which are stupendous, but as you lie on your mat on the sand to sleep, you start to think... about life, about people who must have also lain out there looking at the night sky over eons, assessing the significance of the Earth, humans and themselves. It gives you humility.
Written 14 October 2018
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Phishow
Fairfax, CA145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
My friend and I got a guide in Salalah and camped overnight in the Empty Quarter. By far the highlight of my stay in Oman. The vastness of this sand desert is truly breathtaking. The endless patterns the wind makes in the red sands. Standing atop a 300m dune at sunrise and sunset will be something I never forget. This is a sight to behold. The stars at night with no light pollution was amazing. Put this in the tip of your list. Don’t go to one of these glamping sites. Grab a tent and go. With a guide of course! You won’t regret it
Written 4 June 2018
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