Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort stands, quite literally, in the middle of Rub' al Khali desert (Empty Quarter) in the UAE, close to the Saudi Arabian border.
Rub' al Khali is the world's biggest sand desert with hyper-arid climate where an average daily temperature exceeds 47 degrees Centigrade (117F), peaking out at 56C (133F) during the summers. Up to very recently, this place would only be accessible to the most experienced, toughest native Bedouins on camels and mechanised scientific expeditions but now, any tourist can get to it in a regular car and relax in this uber-posh, air conditioned retreat. See my other photos of this resort:
What would Wilfred Thesiger think of it if he had been alive today?