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Al Wasil

  • Al Wasil, Oman
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Oman

In the province of Al Sharqiya, 137 miles from Mascate and its airport, Al Wasil Village, 7 miles from the runways, is the gateway to the Wahiba Sands desert. Inhabited by 3,000 Bedouin, 1,500 camels and 15,000 goats, the desert expands 124 miles from north to south, and 50 miles from east to west. You can spend the night at various camps in the Wahiba Sands desert: we recommend the Desert Nights Camp, a real oasis with 5-star services (luxury air-conditioned tents) near Al Wasil, or for the more adventurous type, the Mille Nights Camp, buried deep in the desert with its authentic Bedouin tents (with no air-conditioning) for a total desert experience.

Al Wasil: what to do?

Take a 4x4 to tackle the dunes for an incredible view of the sunset, go sand skiing, on camel rides, star gazing, or on an excursion to Wadi Bani Khalid, one of the most famous oases in Oman, where you can bathe in an enchanting setting.

Sand dunes.

  • The readily available desert experience.
  • The quality of the accommodation with the superb desert camps.
  • It is far from the sea, the airport and the capital, Mascate.
  • The stifling heat.

Reminders

Note that there is no Internet access. Which only makes the desert experience more all the more authentic! Watch out for snakes and scorpions during the summer months (June, July, August).

To avoid

The summer months (June, July, August) should be avoided: it is far too hot and the risk of being bitten by a snake or stung by a scorpion is higher.

Al Wasil: what to eat?

Grills and Omanese specialities around the camp fire: kofta, chicken and squid under a starry sky. The meal ends with a traditional coffee served with absolutely divine dates!

Al Wasil: what to buy?

Sand.

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