The Evidence of human activity in Empty Quarter dates from 3,000 to 2,000 years ago, including chipped flint tools, but no actual human remains have been found.
Contradicting the very name that suggests it is uninhabited, many tribes have lived and continue to live in the region.
According to St. John Philby, traveler to Arabia, the Bedouin tribes termed it the Empty Quarter to refer to the vast and mysterious wilderness that virtually looked like no one lived there. Present-day inhabitants belong to different tribes who are citizens of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Qatar. These range from the largest group of Al Murrah down to others such as Al Manaseer, Al Manaheel, Al Awamir, Al Rawashid, Al Mahra, and Al Sa’ar. With the acute scarcity of food and water, these tribes are amazingly adaptable, surviving with their camels and whatever the barren deserts offer them in the form of water from the wells dug in the ground and dates which are grown in the oases. They also eat Gurs, a kind of wheat bread cooked in the fire and drink lots of camel milk.