Oman: ‘You’ve never heard silence until you get to the Empty Quarter’

Researching this romantic corner of the Arabian peninsula for her book, Katherine Webb fell in love with the beautiful calm of the desert Sand scene … the Empty Quarter, Oman. Photograph: Alamy My novel is set in Oman, so I visited as a researcher not as a tourist. Rather than relaxing, I wanted to see as much as possible: to explore its cities and mountains, and the Empty Quarter, the world’s largest sand desert. Novelist Katherine Webb. Photograph: Adrian Sherratt for the Guardian   Unlike the UAE, Oman retains a…

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