Saudi adventurer discovers world’s highest sand dune in Oman

FEB 12, 2017 — A Saudi adventurer says he has found the world’s highest sand dune in Oman at a height of 455 meters above sea level.

Dr. Eid Al Yahya, an anthropological researcher and a TV presenter, who was on a discovery trip , revealed that the world’s highest sand dune is in the Dhofar Governorate at the Ramlat Jadilah desert in Sultanate of Oman.

It breaks the previous record of a sand dune in Namibia, which is said to be 418 meters high above sea level.

Ramlat Al Jadilah is situated in Al Rub Al Khali (The Empty Quarter).

Al Rub Al Khali also covers parts of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Yemen.

“The journey to the sand dune took three hours, but I’ve been searching for ten years for this,” Al Yahya told Times of Oman.

He also expressed his admiration for the Sultanate. “This is a 7,000-year-old ancient civilization, and is one that needs to be deeply explored.”

His journey also took him to historic relics and traditions, including the frankincense ‘al-luban’, and its transport from Dhofar to various regional empires.

“The convoys traveled through the Arabian deserts, which have been crossed by ancient Chinese, Indian, and Egyptians,” he explained.

Yahya expressed his intention to further research those ancient trade routes, as well as carry out more research on ‘al-luban’ (or Olibanum as it is also known, ) for its possible medical uses.

Frankincense is the dried gum of the frankincense tree used for their sweet-smelling gum which, when dried, pounded and burned makes incense.

It was highly prized in the ancient world and was more valuable than gold.

(The original article appeared in The Times of Oman)

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