(MENAFN - Arab News) Four people out for a desert picnic in the Sultanate of Oman suddenly found themselves stranded in Saudi territory.
The two men and two women, of Romanian and Italian nationalities, were traveling in two sports utility vehicles (SUVs) when they got lost in the Empty Quarter.
Known as the Rub Al-Khali, the Empty Quarter is the largest sand desert in the world encompassing most of the southern Arabian Pensinsula, Saudi Arabia, parts of Oman, the UAE and Yemen.
Speaking to Arab News, Col. Khalid Al-Arqubi, spokesman of the Border Guards, confirmed that the border patrol in Arda area rescued four Europeans from Oman who had lost their way.
The guards took them to the Alkhairan Border Guards Center and provided them with food and fuel. They also gave them a health checkup and later took them to the nearest Omani border post.
Al-Arqubi stressed that people who wanted to picnic or camp in the desert should make sure they have enough food and water. They should also tell a neighbor or friend about where they are going and what time they can expect to come back.
He recommended that cars and mobile phones should be equipped with navigation devices to show the way in uncharted terrain.
Al-Arqubi also said that it was not permitted to hunt in the Empty Quarter.
"It is a natural reserve so hunting is banned," said Al-Arqubi.