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Wahiba Sands, Oman

Wahiba and Empty Quarter

Spending time in the deserts of Oman is a must during any trip. Wahiba is easily reached from Muscat and is home to some smart camps such as Desert Nights so its desert with comforts but still allowing visitors to experience complete peace under the stars.

To travel off the beaten track to the Empty Quarter will let you discover your inner ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ while staying in supported isolation.

Canvas Club, Wahiba Sands, Oman
Canvas Club Desert Camp, Wahiba Sands, Oman

Oman's deserts

The deserts of Oman vary from the rolling sand seas of the Wahiba, with classic photogenic dunes of rich gold, to the flat stony Jiddat al Harasis in central Oman and the Rub al-Khali or ‘Empty Quarter’ further south, where individual mountains of sand rise from a flat desert and stretch endlessly across the border into Saudi Arabia. The ‘Wahiba Sands’ often described as a perfect example of a Sand Sea consists of large dunes running from North to South, some attaining a height of about 100 meters.

Experiences

What do you really love doing? We curate your itinerary especially for you.

Desert Camp, Oman

Camp in the Desert

Camp under the stars in Wahiba Sands or the Empty Quarter.

Sand boarding, Peru

Dune Boarding

Try your hand at dune boarding.

Children riding camels, Oman

Camel Trekking

Trek by camel along the dunes.

Local Children, Shangri La Muscat, Muscat, Oman

Visit a Bedouin Family

Spend time with a local, Bedouin family to learn about their culture and way of life.

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Hud Hud Wahiba £££££

  • Oman
  • Tented Camps

In the Wahiba Sands, Hud Hud camp is set up on a tailor-made basis, using authentic handmade Bedouin tents, carefully selected for the environment and sited to ensure privacy and fantastic views. Hud Hud exclusive camps evoke a traditional, luxurious Arabian ‘encampment’ and is designed in Hud Hud’s inimitable style, in keeping with the ambience of the environment and the region.

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Desert Nights Camp £££££

  • Oman
  • Tented Camps

Desert Nights is a luxurious desert-style camp based in the heart of Wahiba Sands, Oman.

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Canvas Club Desert Camp £££££

  • Oman
  • Tented Camps

Canvas Club offers a private tented camp in the heart of the Wahiba Sands, where local Bedouin staff take great pride in showcasing their unique region to each visitor they care for. Travel into the desert by 4×4 and continue by camel back to reach your private camp.

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