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Monday, May 1, 2017

Dunes in the Ad Dahna Desert


Location of sand dunes in the Ad Dahnā’ Desert of Saudi Arabia — map from GeoNames

About 80 kilometers northeast of Riyadh, the Ad Dahnā’ (Dahana) desert forms a boomerang in northeastern SAUDI ARABIA. According to the interactive map hosted on the GeoNames website (↗), over ninety (90) rippling dunes in the Ad Dahnā’ desert have names. Some of these dunes include Adh Dhaylīyah, Al Hidb al Qur’, Dughayyimat al Humrānī, ‘Irq ‘Anz, ‘Irq ash Shāwīyah, ‘Irq Sirū, ‘Irq Widd, Jadhmā’ Jahām, Jadhmā’ Mahraqah, Jaww Hijlān, Qira‘at ‘Imir, Umm al ‘Izām, ‘Urayq al Khalf, ‘Urūq al Jadhm, Zibārat Julayyil, Zibārat Munīfah, Zibārat Nājī, Zibārat Şaffāqah, and Zibāyir ar Ruwaykib. Searching for "Ad Dahna" images on your favorite search engine brings up typical desert-photo subjects: camels, lizards, and of course lots of orange-tinted sand!

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