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Desert Sunrise

Duration: Half Day

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Located in southwest Asia on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman is bordered by United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Being a desert country, a holiday in Oman wouldn’t be complete without seeing the beauty of these sweeping sand dunes, particular as the sun rises over this stunning, remote wilderness. Certainly worth waking up early for, this awe-inspiring trip is an experience like none other.

Getting up early, you will head out early to the Wahiba Sands, a spectacular, undulating sea of red and white dunes that stretch as far as the eye can see. Running south from the eastern Hajar mountain range to the Arabian Sea, these isolated sands rise up to 150 meters in height. The patterns of the dunes are always changing as the wind sweeps the sand into beautiful designs. After we position ourselves to get the best view of the morning sunrise, you can sit back and relax in idyllic tranquillity, marvelling as the sun slowly spreads its magical golden light across the desert’s rolling dunes.

This breathtaking experience is even more spectacular if you are lucky enough to see camels walking past at the same time; their silhouettes highlighted against the orange glow of the sun. Transport yourself back in time and imagine a romantic scene from a film such as Lawrence of Arabia. The beauty of a desert sunrise must be seen to be fully appreciated in all its glory.

After breakfast, enjoy an exhilarating round of four-wheel-drive ‘dune bashing’. An experienced driver will use his skills and experience to enable you to enjoy the highs and lows of these dramatic dunes, exploring only a small section of this vast, sweeping desert.

Wahiba Sands is the traditional home of the Bedouins, Arab nomadics who have lived in the desert for centuries and know how to survive in the harsh conditions of extreme heat and cutting winds. Authentic Bedouin camps can be found scattered along some of the many desert trails, which provide food and shelter for Bedouin herders that still wander from waterhole to waterhole.

On this tour you will visit a traditional Bedouin home where you can meet a hospitable local family and gain an insight into the fascinating rural Bedouin culture. Share their knowledge of the desert, enjoy an Arabic coffee and purchase traditional, colourful handicrafts from the local women. This enriching and memorable experience will open your eyes to the beauty of the desert and its wonderful people.

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