Rub' al Khali

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Introduction

The Rub' al Khali (Arabic: الربع الخالي‎ ar-Rubʿ al-Ḫālī , "Empty Quarter") is the largest contiguous sand desert in the world (erg), encompassing most of the southern third of the Arabian Peninsula. The desert covers some 650,000 square kilometres (the area between long. 44°30′ −56°30′E., and lat. 16°30′ −23°00′N) including parts of Saudi Arabia, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.] It is part of the larger Arabian Desert.

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Weather

The region has a hot desert climate typical of the larger Arabian Desert. The region is classified as "hyper-arid", with typical annual rainfall of less than 30 mm. Daily maximum temperatures average at 47 °C in summer and can reach as high as 51 °C.

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