Nature of Oman
A. Shaqiya Sands
No visit to Oman is complete without a visit to the vast reaches of the Wahiba Sand dunes (241kms from Muscat), including a stop at the pristine waters of the remarkable Wadi Bani Khalid oasis. Covering almost fifteen thousand square kilometres, Wahiba Sand’s incredible dunes reach up to 150metres in height and provide the perfect playground for both adrenaline-fueled 4WD adventures and remote desert camping experiences.
Whether watching the sunrise over the undulating sand formations, riding a camel at sunset, or reclining under the magic of an Arabian Desert sky filled with countless stars, travellers will be enchanted by the experience of a visit to Wahiba Sands. It is little wonder that the royal tradition of establishing desert camps continues to this day.
Perhaps the most alluring aspect of a venture into Wahiba Sands is the opportunity to be welcomed into the homes of the local Bedouin people. Visitors will be captivated by their warmth, hospitality, and openness as they share their way of life which has remained unchanged for many years. Oman presents the region’s only real opportunity to be touched by the culture of these amazing people.
Located in Oman’s rugged mountains, Wadi Bani Khalid (256kms from Muscat) is considered to be one of the region’s most beautiful oases. It offers visitors the opportunity for a serene freshwater swim in its clear blue water, surrounded by dramatic rock formations and groves of date palms. The area also has beautiful villages that are well worth a visit.
Both Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid are visited on a “standard” 7 day tour of Oman which is available through most Australian and New Zealand wholesalers.