The Sharqiya Sands, known locally as Wahiba sands, is a vast region of spectacular desert in Oman, originally named for the Bani Wahiba tribe. The diversity of terrain and wide array of different species means that it is a compelling place to explore. Vast dunes up to 100 metres high and 170km long dominate the landscape and present a perfect image of what one imagines the desert to be.
The area is home to a population of nomadic Bedouin people, who usually settle in temporary encampments. Aside from this and the tourist camps, there are no permanent structures in the region.
A three hour drive from Muscat makes it possible to visit Wahiba Sands for a day from Muscat, however the best way to experience the area is to spend a night in a private camp. During the day enjoy adventures such as dune surfing or dune bashing in a 4x4 or cool off in a nearby Wadi. As the day closes enjoy a camel ride to view spectacular sunsets and at night gaze in awe at the magnitude of the star-filled sky.
Spending time in such an isolated environment is a blissful experience and is guaranteed to inspire peace.
Please contact your Destination Specialist for more information on +44 (0) 1993 824198
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