Nowadays, although it is home to some Bedu farms, often nomadic in KSA, you will find some nature reserves, such as Umm Al Zamool in the UAE, as well as many oilfields. However, there is still room to roam here and explore and with modern technology such as the motor car and satellite phone, this can be done much more safely than in years gone by!
It is said long ago, that the people of the Arabian Peninsula thought that there was no other land apart from theirs. They thought that half of the world was the sea which surrounded their land mass; a quarter of it comprised the inhabited areas which bordered the coast, and the sandy, dry, desolate in the middle, was The Empty Quarter. We have no way of knowing if this is true but isn’t it a wonderful story!