Photography: Shaybah, Ash Sharqiyah, Saudi Arabia

I have never seen anything like Shaybah. Yea…I’ve seen sand dunes on photos and television, but here they were now, live and in living color, and they are indeed one of nature’s wonder to behold. The sand is fine, soft and range in colors from light tan to a burnt orange.

The only thing located in Shaybah is a major crude oil production site and resources to support it which includes; housing facilities to accommodate 1000 men, administrative offices, an air-strip, a fire station, recreation areas, maintenance and support workshops, and power stations for generation and distribution. Shaybah is located approximately 40 km from the northern edge of the Rub’ Al-Khali/Empty Quarter desert, and about 10 km south of the border to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Map of Shaybah

Below for your viewing pleasure are the photos 🙂

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Shaybah Red Sand Dunes

Shaybah Wavy Sand Dunes

Shaybah Wavy Sand Dunes Close Up

Shaybah Top Of The Dunes

Shaybah Sun over Sand Dunes

Shaybah Saudi Arabia

Shaybah Sand Dunes with Mosque

Shaybah Sand Dune

Shaybah Road



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About Terri Lundberg

Terri Lundberg is an American expat currently residing with her husband in Saudi Arabia, but she calls Seattle and San Diego home. She’s a travel writer, an avid photographer and is a resource and cross cultural trainer to expats relocating to Saudi Arabia. She's been to 100 destinations, 30 countries, and counting.


  1. These pictures are beautiful

  2. Teri Gnaedinger says:

    While doing research on visiting Shaybah, I came across your photos…..the colors and textures are so enticing. If I go there, I plan on definitely taking my camera along, but doubt I can capture the beauty as you have. Exceptional photos, with contrast, shadows etc.

    • Thanks Teri for your kind words. And, I’m sure you will get some fantastic photos. The natural beauty of this location makes it easy. 🙂

  3. Meshal Al Khaldi says:

    Great report about Shaybah, the place where i work at. I wouldnt think that i am able to write such comprehensive , short and direct to the point report like yours.

    Thanks and Welcome again to Saudi Arabia