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Wahiba Sands

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.

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Such as is typical of a sand desert, evaporation here is higher than rainfall and therefore the environment here is extremely arid. Read More

Such as is typical of a sand desert, evaporation here is higher than rainfall and therefore the environment here is extremely arid. Temperatures can reach 37 degrees during the day (at night the gauge doesn't really drop below 20) in the spring and autumn and even higher in the summer months.
Camps close for a period of time due to the heat. During the winter months the daytime temperatures will be mid to late twenties and down to around 15 degrees Celsius at night. Early morning ground fog can appear especially in the winter months but soon disappears any glimpse of rainfall will be very short lived.

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