Three men missing in Saudi Empty Quarter

Saudi Arabia have deployed its air force jets and more than 50 military and police patrols across the vast Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter) desert in search for three local men who went missing this week in the world’s most barren area.

The three had headed from the eastern province across the desert towards a town located nearly 600 km south of the eastern port of Dammam, Sabq Arabic language daily reported on Tuesday.

A police spokesman said it would be a difficult search as it covers an area of nearly 40,000 square km, nearly half the UAE’s area.

“Another problem is that the area there is arid and rugged and is full of moving sand dunes,” Brigadier Mohammed Al Ghamdi said, adding there are contacts with nearby Gulf states.

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