Wahiba Sands

Visit Sharqiya Sands in a full day trip from Muscat. Sharqiya Sands are considered among the most visited desert areas in the Sultanate and extend over an area of up to about 10 thousand square kilometres. The Sand colours range from red to brown as far as the eye can see. It is the original homeland of the Bedouins. Witness the breath-taking landscapes of the famous oasis Wadi Bani Khalid.


Early in the morning set off for the adventure of Wahiba 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 Wahiba 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 Wahiba, 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.

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A Full day trip to the Sharqiya sands

Tour code: AFT22

Tour start: daily, around 07:30 from Muscat hotels
Duration: ca. 9 hours
Minimum number of participants: 2 pax


  • Wahiba Sands
  • Wadi Bani Khalid

Included services:

  • Excursions according to program
  • Water and Picnic Lunch
  • Transfer in air-conditioned vehicles (cars, minibus, 4×4)
  • English speaking driver

Services not included:  

  • Gratuities
  • optional camel rides (payable locally )


  • Please pay attention to the local customs of taking photographs. Your guide will advise you the particulars.
  • Guests should wear comfortable but decent cloths.
  • Please note that the swimming in Wadi Bani Khalid is optional and limited to the time frame. Swimming is at guest’s own risk.

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