How Much of the Middle East Is Desert and What Does the Name Rub’ al Khali Mean In Arabic?

About two-thirds of the land in the Middle East is desert.

A desert is an area that receives less than 10 inches (25 cm) of precipitation a year.

The world’s largest sand desert is the Sahara, in northern Africa.

how much of the middle east is desert and what does the name rub al khali mean in arabic

The largest continuous area of sand in the world, about the size of Texas, is a desert called the Rub`al-Khali, meaning “Empty Quarter,” in Saudi Arabia.

Temperature ranges in these deserts can go from 120°F (49°C) in the daytime to 40°F (4°C) at night.

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