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Al Wusta

Flanked on the east by the Arabian Sea, on the west by the Rub Al Khali – The Empty Quarter – and by Oman’s most southern governorate – Dhofar – to the south, Al Wusta covers a large area in the middle of the Sultanate.

The governorate possesses a long curving coasting and is home to vast sandy beaches stretching for miles. Settlements in this region are generally smaller but this region is a haven for wildlife and nature lovers. Bird watching enthusiasts can spot over 130 different species, including migratory birds from as far away as Europe. The Barr Al Hikman peninsula is especially known for visiting flocks of flamingos.

Further inland, the Arabian Oryx Sanctuary was established to protect the Arabian Oryx, a native breed of antelope that lives in the desert areas of the Arabian Peninsula. Other species that can be found at the sanctuary include Nubian ibex, Arabian wolves and Arabian gazelle.

The Rock Gardens of Duqm and the salt plains of Mahout are just some of the geological areas of interest in Al Wusta. This and a score of untouched beaches make a visit to this region a special experience.

Things to Do and Places to See in Al Wusta

Interested in a particular type of holiday experience? there is so much to do in Oman that you will want to keep coming back. Here are just a few of the possibilities to help make your next visit to Oman perfect.

Al Wusta Wildlife Reserve 

Since the global extinction of the species in the wild in 1972, the Arabia Oryx has been reintroduced within a specially designated area in Oman’s Al Wusta region.

Duqm Rock Garden

Located about 550km from Muscat, visiting this geographical marvel feels like stepping onto another planet. Limestone and sandstone rock formations eroded by wind and weather cover a large area. look closely and you might be able to spot fossiles. 

Geology 

Looking back on a geological history spanning across millions of years, Oman is one of the few places that carries its unique geological heritage on the open. Attractions such as Jebel Shams, or the Ophiolite rocks surrounding Muttrah Corniche, were once at the bottom of the ocean.

Pink Lagoon of Al kahil

Found in the central part of Al Wusta, the pink lagoons of Al Kahil and Al Jazir derive their name from the color the lagoons take on when Algae change the appearance of the water and turn the surrounding sand a striking bright pink.

Mountains 

Mountains take up a large part of Oman’s landscape, varying greatly in appearance vegetation. Often times they feature stunning wadis, cut into the mountains through time and crossable only by 4×4.

The Sugar Dunes of Al khaluf

Close to the town of Filim, the Sugar Dunes of Al Khaluf truly live up to their name, with a vast expanse of white sand dunes stretching all the way to the cost.

Camping at Ras Madrakah

Situated about an hour drive from Ad Duqm, the contrast between white, soft sand and black volcanic rock formations make Ras Madrakah a favorite for camping and fishing close to the shore.

Wildlife Watching

If you have ever witnessed endangered Green Turtle babies hatch and try to make their way to the water, you will know what a special experience it is. Oman remains dedicated to enabling these kind of wildlife encounters while protecting the animals.

Al Shu’ir  Beach 

El Shu’ir Beach is just a few minutes drive from Al Dukma and, like all beaches in the area, has soft white sand and an eternal breeze. Around the houses of fishermen, which indicates that the area is also great for fishing.

Bird Watching at Barr Al Hikmann

Located 500km south of Muscat, Barr Al Hikmann is a great location for bird watching, as this is where many species rest on their migration. The waters just off the peninsula are home to abundant sea life and coral reefs, making it a prime spot for fishing and diving.