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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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RIYADH: A joint research team comprising Saudi archaeologists and experts from Oxford University discovered the oldest human bone during an excavation at Tayma in Tabuk, a large oasis in the Nafud Desert with a long history of settlement.
One stage will be similar to the one that was used across the An Nafud desert in 2014, a second has around 85% of new tracks and the third is completely new.
The sand of Nafud is reddish in color unlike the yellowish hue in other deserts.
HAIL: ARAB NEWSThe Saudi duo of Owaid Mansi and Hamad Nasser snatched victory from Khalaf Joan Al-Shammeri and Joan Al-Shammeri on the final selective section of the FIA-sanctioned Ha'il International Rally, the Kingdom's premier off-road motor sport event, across the An Nafud desert on Thursday.
HAIL: ARAB NEWSThe Toyota Land Cruiser Saudi crew of Khalaf Joan Al-Shammeri and Joan Al-Shammeri were the unofficial new leaders of the FIA-sanctioned Hail International Rally, Saudi Arabia's premier off-road motor sport event, after the fourth selective section across the An Nafud desert on Wednesday.
Saudi driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi extended his advantage in the Hail International Rally from 22min 18sec to 51min 28sec after setting the fastest time in the second 258km selective section through Saudi Arabia's expansive An Nafud desert yesterday.
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.
New rally director Anwar Helmi has confirmed that the expanded Ha'il International Rally will feature four gruelling desert stages through the scenic An Nafud desert and a shorter 6km super special stage to get the competition under way.
43km special stage through the remote landscapes of the An Nafud desert yesterday.