Everyone who travels to Oman wants to experience the distinctive atmosphere of the Arabian Desert, and if it’s towering, finely sculpted dunes you’ve come to see, the Wahiba Sands is the place to head. Known locally as ‘Ramlat al Wahiba’, the area encompasses one of the largest expanses of shifting dunes in the region. They’re classed as ‘linear’ because of their striking regularity. A quick glance at Google Earth reveals how straight the ranks are – a consequence of conflicting winds blowing from the south and east coasts.

Wahiba is largely un-inhabited, but thanks to the luxury tented camps erected at one or two of its most picturesque spots, you can spend the night amid the mighty dunes. Camel treks, trips in 4WD vehicles and fireside sessions under some of the starriest skies you’ll ever see offer additional incentives to include the area on your Oman itinerary.

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