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Sharqiya Sands

Excursion Details

Visit Sharqiya Sands in a full day trip from Muscat. Sharqiya Sands are considered among the most visited desert areas in the Sultanate. Witness the breath-taking landscapes of the famous oasis Wadi Bani Khalid.


  • Sharqiya Sands
  • Wadi Bani Khalid

Early in the morning set off for the adventure of Sharqiya Sands, the sandy desert in northern Oman. The journey brings you to Wahiba Sands, one of the most fascinating and mysterious regions of Oman. The Sharqiya Sands is large, totally enclosed sand sea, separated from the sands of the Empty Quarter by over 200km of gravel plain. It covers an area an area of some 8000km2, stretching from near Qabil in to the south.
Drive into the countryside towards the south and make a first photo stop at Wadi Fanya. Continue the tour to the town of Ibra passing through the mountainous landscape. From there, the scenic sand dunes rise before your eyes. Here Bedouins, who pick you up with their 4×4 jeeps to bring you into the desert will welcome you. Enjoy a cup of Omani coffee (Khawa ) and dates at the House of a Bedouin. Together with the Bedouins, you will have a picnic lunch with traditionally prepared dishes amidst sand dunes. After having the lunch go for an adventures desert ride. Experienced drivers will drive up and down the dunes and this experience will certainly always remain in your memory.
After visiting the sandy desert of Sharqiya, continue your journey to one of the most visited Oasis in the region; Wadi Bani Khalid. The large natural pools are often a cordial invitation to take a dip. In addition, the date palms and astonishing landscapes around the Oasis add an unforgettable experience into your tour.
Return to Muscat in the late afternoon.

Season: This tour operates from January to April & September to December

Trip Specifications: Tours start daily at 7:30 am and finish around 5:00pm • Maximum group size of 20 • Minimum group size of 4 • Minimum age 6 years old

Pickup: Pick up at your hotel in Muscat city area. If you are staying beyond these areas please get in touch to set up the meeting point or to organize an extra transfer.

Drop-off: We will drop you off at where we picked you up. If you need extra transfers please contact us for more details.

Included: All Taxes • Fully Air-Conditioned Vehicle • Lunch • English Speaking Guide • Three Bottles of Water

Not Included: Gratuities • Extra transfers • Optional camel rides (payable locally)

What to Bring: Sunscreen • Steady shoes
Please note that the swimming in Wadi Bani Khalid is optional and limited to the time frame. Swimming is at guest’s own risk • Please pay attention to the local customs of taking photographs
What to Wear: Please ensure you dress respectfully. Knees and shoulders should be covered at all times.