Nafud


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Nafud

(näfo͞od`) or

Nefud

(nĕfo͞od`), desert area in the northern part of the Arabian peninsula, occupying a great oval depression; 180 mi (290 km) long and 140 mi (225 km) wide. This area of red sand is surrounded by sandstone outcrops that have eroded into grotesque shapes. The Nafud is noted for its sudden violent winds, which have formed great crescent-shaped dunes, rising up to 600 ft (183 m). Rainfall occurs once or twice a year. In some lowland basins, especially those near the Hejaz Mts. (to the west), there are oases where dates, vegetables, barley, and fruits are raised. The Nafud is connected to the Rub al Khali, the great desert of S Arabia, by the Dahna, a corridor of gravel plains and sand dunes, 800 mi (1,287 km) long and 15 to 50 mi (24.1–80.5 km) wide.
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The An Nafud desert is one of the best kept secrets in world cross-country rallying, with a diverse range of terrain available for motor sport, including, wadis, gravel trails, stunning mountains, rocky areas, sand flats, fast and winding tracks and treacherous sand dunes.
Saudi Arabia's Yazeed Al-Rajhi extended his advantage in the Hail International Rally after crushing the opposition in the first 256 km selective section through the An Nafud desert region yesterday.
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43km special stage through the remote landscapes of the An Nafud desert yesterday.
35km selection section of the 2011 Ha'il Desert Challenge across the An Nafud desert in the north-central region of the Kingdom on Wednesday.
Bidding to win his third event of the season so far, the Qatari will now open the road for the first of two punishing selective sections through the An Nafud desert on Wednesday.
In the midst of the Nafud dunes of northern Saudi Arabia is the extraordinary landscape around Jubbah (7000-BCE to the present) with its many rock engravings, unique in the country.