EXCLUSIVE TO THE MIDDLE EAST MAGAZINE ONLINE: Crossing the Empty Quarter – a celebratory expedition

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For the second time in recorded history an attempt is being made to cross the Rub Al Khali from Salalah, Oman, through the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Doha, Qatar.

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The expedition led by British explorer Mark Evans and Omani experts Mohammed Al Zadjali and Amour bin Ali bin Majeed Al Wahaibi will set out on Thursday 10 December 2015 exactly 85 years after the first crossing began in 1930.

 

The Rub Al Khali, the largest sand desert in the world, was then considered to be the last great unknown on earth.

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Explorers were obsessed with the idea of crossing it and finding out the secrets of this desolate and dangerous landscape.

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British explorer Bertram Thomas persuaded Sheikh Salih bin Kalut Al Rashidi Al Khaliri, an Omani about whom legends are still told, to be his guide.

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Two months later having negotiated their way through warring tribes, sand storms and an unforgiving landscape, and survived on a diet of brackish water, packet soup and cocoa and withstood extreme heat by day and freezing temperatures at night, they arrived in Doha.

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For Mark, Mohammed and Amour, the physical challenge will be just as extreme, though they will be able to remain in satellite communication, detailing the adventures of their journey on a daily basis.

 

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The aim of this journey, supported by the government of Oman is to raise awareness of the history of Oman and its desert, its connectivity with other Gulf States and the world and to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the reign of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos.

To view the video and keep up to date please visit:  www.crossingtheemptyquarter.com

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