Visiting the Beautiful Sand Dunes of Shaybah

I have lived in Saudi Arabia for most of my childhood but this was the first time I was really amazed by the beauty that this country has to offer. Growing up, I’d mostly go to the beach in the camp or to the city center to go shopping. We never went to the desert – which is funny, because most people think that Saudi Arabia is just one big chunk of desert land. It’s a common misconception that I’ve heard from people, along with “Wait, so Saudi Arabia is not in Dubai?” and “Isn’t it very hot in Saudi Arabia?? (No, it gets freezing cold during the winter brr)”.

Shaybah is found in the Rub Al Khali or the Empty Quarters. It is the largest sand desert in the world, stretching over four countries – Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE, and Yemen. It’s quite far from where I live so we had to ride an airplane to get there. It was a beautiful sight, probably the most beautiful one I have ever seen. The sand was pure and untouched. My family and I climbed up the sand dunes to witness the sunset. I’m asthmatic but I took on the challenge. Although it was quite difficult to climb, it was very rewarding. Every time I see the pictures we took from the top of the sand dunes, I am still amazed by its beauty.

I really don’t have enough words to use to express how awestruck I was by the view, so here are some pictures that we took from that day.


With my brother!


Sunset to twilight shots. All taken without any filter.  It was that beautiful. Last two pictures were taken with my iPhone 4S. 

I’m definitely glad I was given the opportunity to go on this trip! We almost didn’t go because it was just a few days after my Bangkok trip and the tickets were really hard to get (people were lined up for tickets as early as 4am!) I’ve always wanted to fly away to far off countries to see the beauty of the world. What I didn’t realize was that one of the most beautiful things I would see was just an hour away. I love this world.


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