Qatari couple found dead in Saudi Empty Quarter desert

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Saudi officials said on Friday that the bodies of a Qatari man and his wife, who are believed to have lost their way in Saudi Arabia’s Empty Quarter desert, were recently found by security forces.

An air search allowed security forces to spot the Qatari couple’s car in the desert, said Major Bandar Al-Thaqeel, spokesman of the General Command of the Security Aviation of the Ministry of Interior.

Thaqeel said the couple’s car had overturned. They had run out of water and died of thirst under the burning sun, he explained, as quoted by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The wife was found dead inside the car, while the husband’s body was discovered within a span of ten kilometers.

The bodies were then transported to the Ahsa airport in the Eastern Province upon a request from their relatives, SPA reported.

The Empty Quarter, known in Arabic as Rub Al-Khali, is considered to be one of the world's largest deserts. It takes up a fifth of the Arabian Peninsula.

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