recommended Wahiba SandsWahiba Sands ticks all the boxes you'd expect when dreaming of old Arabia (and a few surprises too). There's the stark beauty of the seemingly endless stretch of giant copper colored sand dunes, ... read moredesert camping (done luxuriously if you so desire), bedouins, camels, dune bashing and sand boarding. All this at just a couple of hours from Muscat and why it's so popular for a weekend getaway becomes easily understandable.
- Capital Area Yacht CentreOn the way to the Shangrila Hotelrecommended Capital Area Yacht CentreMuscat's Capital Area Yacht Centre is a pleasant if not overpriced alternative to ODC (Oman Dive Center). Located on a less than sheltered bay, the Centre sometimes have surf-able waves and is popular ... read morewith boating enthusiasts, sailors and pleasure cruisers. Palms on the beach, full bar and restaurant.
recommended MuscatOman's capital city has got lots to offer the intrepid traveller - miles of pristine coast line, coral reefs, dolphin spotting, scuba diving, dune bashing, sandboarding and world class rock climbing - ... read moreall within the city limits. If you're tastes run more along historical/cultural lines, score some tickets to the Royal Opera House and while you're waiting, absorb the long, illustrious (yet relatively unknown) history of the Sultanate at Bait Al Zubeir or Bait Al Muzna after haggling for frankincense and pashmina till your throat's sore in Mutrah's stunning seaside souq. A sundowner of sheesha and fresh squeezed lemon juice with mint at the Oman Dive Center is a perfect way to top off a day in this little undiscovered corner of the Arabian Peninsula.