Empty Quarter, UAE (Rub Al Khali) is the world’s largest uninterrupted sand mass. It’s a landscape of ever-changing, endless sand dunes. It was made famous by the British explorer Wilfred Thesiger and his Emirati and Omani companions in the 1940s and 50s.

This is also the location of the world’s tallest sand dune. Tel Moreeb is over 300 metres high. The 50-degree incline to the top makes it perfect for motorsports enthusiasts. Every winter, the region’s most powerful four-wheel drivers and quad bikers compete in the Moreeb Hill Climb event.

I started to climb the enormous sand dune in the searing heat of the late afternoon. With no idea what was going to be waiting for me, I climbed higher until I reached a dune this picture was taken from. I stood in awe as I admired what was before me. Endless desert as far as the eye could see. The sunset was spectacular and allowed me to capture this shot.

Empty quarter UAE
Camera settings; ISO 100, f/16.0 @ 1/30 sec

Equipment; Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens supported on Manfrotto ball head and tripod and edited with Adobe Lightroom. Camera equipment stored in Lowpro Protactic BP 450 AW II backpack.

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