Wahiba Sands

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Ideal duration: 1-2 days

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Wahiba Sands Tourism

Found when taking a diversion on the road between Sur and Muscat, the mighty Wahiba Sands also known as The Sharqiya Sands is home to the bedouins, exciting sand sports and night camping in Oman. 

Considered among the most beautiful camping areas in Oman, the Sharqiya Sands extends over an area of up to ten thousand square kilometres! Tourists get the chance to indulge in the true Arabian experience which is a rarity due to the amount of globalisation that has occurred over the past years. The most popular activities at the Sharqiya Sands are dune bashing and going on a camel safari. You can also visit Bedouin families and get to know their culture while enjoying a cup of homemade Omani Coffee. Desert Trekking is also a popular activity among tourists. There are also a lot of fun adventures for kids like sand boarding and horse safaris.

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History of Wahiba Sands

In 1986, the Wahiba desert was classified as a "model desert" as comprehensive research showed that the desert contained almost every form of dunes known to mankind (about 20 types). Researches also found areas that were free of sand in the middle of the desert, which had interesting fauna and flora. The dunes in the North were very rich in vegetation. They were able to identify 130 various types of plants and around 200 species of animals. The animals they found included desert foxes, the white-tailed mungo, etc.

Shopping in Wahiba Sands

The most common souvenirs are tea sets, jewellery, saucers, pitchers and Omani dresses. There are many little knick-knack shops around the Wahiba Sands where you can buy most of these souvenirs.

Things to Do at Wahiba Sands

1. Sand Boarding:
Although a popular activity among kids, this fun activity is enjoyable for everyone! The locals will provide you with a sandboard and tell you which dunes are the best to sandboard in.

2. Dune Bashing: If you're up for a fun adventure, then dune bashing is for you! One of the skilled drivers at the Wahiba Sands will take you on their four-wheel drive and cruise you through the incredible sand dunes.

3. Camel Safari: This safari will truly be a once in a lifetime experience! Enjoy a beautiful view of the sand dunes while riding a camel! The locals are happy to give you a lift to get on top of the camel and will accompany you the whole way through the safari.

4. Visiting Bedouin Families: What better way to explore the Omani culture other than enjoying a cup of coffee with the locals in their home? Visiting the homes of the Bedouin families is a popular way for tourists to truly immerse themselves in the authentic Omani culture!

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How to Reach Wahiba Sands

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Once you land in Muscat International Airport, the drive to Wahiba sands is about two hours.

How to reach Wahiba Sands by flight

The closest airport to the sand dunes is the Muscat International Airport.

How to reach Wahiba Sands by road

The best way to get to Wahiba sands from Muscat is to hire a 4-wheeler as only 4 wheelers can drive through the sand dunes. To rent a car and drive legally in Oman, you would need a valid International Driving Permit (IDP). If you do not have a valid IDP, you can hire a driver. You can rent a car from the Muscat International Airport, otherwise you can also rent a car from Speedy Oman, Dollar Rent a Car and Al-Maha Rent a Car. These places also offer drivers. Renting a car for a day will typically cost around Rs. 2,500-3000. A four wheeler will cost around Rs.7000.

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FAQs on Wahiba Sands

What is the best time to visit Wahiba sands?

The Wahiba Sands weather is extremely hot and dry usually during the summers. So the best time to visit Wahiba Sands is during the months of October to march which is wintertime. The summer season begins mid-April and lasts until late September. The temperatures can normally reach up to 50 degrees. The deserts will be exceptionally hot and sweaty during this time period. Winter temperatures in Oman are pleasant. Precipitations are quite low during this time. Temperatures are normally at a level of 24 degrees during the day but the nights get pretty chilly. This would be the best time to go to the desert.
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What is the local food in Wahiba sands?

At Sharqiya sands, the food choices are all local items such as Harees (wheat mixed with meat), Kebabs and Machboos (rice with saffron and spicy meat). The local Omani beverage is Laban, which is salty buttermilk. Khawa is another favourite drink, which is made from coffee and cardamom powder.

Since Oman is a Muslim country, alcohol can only be bought by residents. However, some licensed hotels and restaurants do sell them. The drinking age in Oman is 21. You can drink alcohol at the Al Sharqiya Sands Hotel. They also offer local and international food.
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What is the best way to reach Wahiba sands?

Once you land in Muscat International Airport, the drive to Wahiba sands is about two hours.
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What are the places near Wahiba sands?

The top places near to Wahiba sands are Muscat which is 239 km from Wahiba sands, Sur which is located 159 km from Wahiba sands, Sur wadi shab which is located 165 km from Wahiba sands, Nizwa which is located 195 km from Wahiba sands, Masirah island which is located 125 km from Wahiba sands

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