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Unpack the Punch

Dunes boasts of some of the world’s most hungered desert adventure sports there ever is. To set your heart racing, Dunes offers a mix of thrilling activities such as on-site Bunker Golf Course, Imperial Camel Ride, and thrilling Sand Dune Bashing along with many others to make you buzz with excitement.

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Adrenaline-inducing desert adventure and sports

Move the needle of exhilaration by throttling a snappy quad-bike through the undulating dunes. Get a fix for your thirst for conquest by scaling towering sand mountains by pushing the gas on a power-packed truck. Other adventure activities include Kite-flying, bunker golf-course, and cycling, that will make you flutter in joy.

 
Imperial Camel Rides

Mount the hump-backed camel and take a pacifying ride along the desert. Considered one of the fastest mammals of the desert, you can fine-tune your experience at will to a more exhilarating one by adjusting the tempo. You decide the thrill!

 
Let the little ones engage

Family holidays are heart and soul of the Dunes. This private family hideaway will make an unforgettable tour because of its child-friendly activities to keep the little ones engaged. Who does not want a little privacy in secluded dominion in the heart of a dazzling desert?

 
Cooking Classes

Get a personal glimpse into the secret recipes that make Omani cuisine a sweetheart amongst its patron. Learn the art of seasoning, garnishing and cooking an aromatic native Omani meal to satiate the epicurean in you. Astounding underground oven cooking experience!

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Primeval Camel farms

Primeval Camel farms

Engage in the ancient Omani art of camel farming with our sectioned domain. Our specialty camel farms are designed to pack the essential phases of the art such as milking, herding, and rearing.

Nothing is more memorable than the moist touch of camel’s soft velvet lips. Camel’s milk is therapeutic for human digestion and numerous health benefits.

Dwell in traditional homes of Oman

Dwell in traditional homes of Oman

Take a nostalgic tour of the traditional Omani homes which are the cultural insignia of the country. You’ll be in awe because of refined tapestry, the sublime fragrance from Itar (local scent) and mesmerizing craftsmanship of Omani door! Residing in the tribal houses of Oman retells the tale of past, the contemporary and a glimpse into the mysteries of Omani civilization.

Riveting historic drama at Opera House

Riveting historic drama at Opera House

Imagine witnessing the evolution of culture and living in the historical narrative of Oman. Discover the mysteries of formation and dilution of Omani dynasties by time-traveling to the past. Amuse yourself to a host of curated theatre shows in the likes of education, cultural and artistic remnants of Omani civilization.

Theatre at Opera House contains accounts of Omani History, influences and artistic flair of the film-makers.

Architectural Marvel of Sultan Qaboos' Mosque

Architectural Marvel of Sultan Qaboos' Mosque

Take a tour of Sultan Qaboos' Mosque to spark the nostalgic epic of Omani Kingdom. Titled as the 'Finest Masjid of Oman', this monumental beauty will make you skip your heart beat because of its striking beauty.

Unparalleled craftsmanship, ravishing interiors, and the plush carpet are what makes this masjid a must visit for tourist.

Iconic history of Nakhal Fort

Iconic history of Nakhal Fort

Nakhal Fort is one of the most prominent historical monuments in the Sultanate. The fort lies amidst palm orchards in WilaytNakhal in Al Batinah South Governorate. It is an entrenched building that rises above a rocky hill at the base of Mount Nakhal in the northeast of Al Jabal Al Akhdar (Green Mountain).

This fort’s architecture does not follow a particular pattern, as it was designed around an irregularly shaped rock. You'll find that some rock parts become part of the building. This can be observed in some towers, particularly on the fort’s western side.

The construction of the castle dates back to the pre-Islamic era.

Distance from The Dunes: 120 km

The eternal legacy of erstwhile capital of Oman

The eternal legacy of erstwhile capital of Oman

Rustaq was once the capital of Oman, and an important trading center in Persian times, where many traces of its historical legacy can still be found. Few of the prominent site that you must visit:

Rustaq Fort: The beacon of Islamic learning and illumination of education symbolizes this fort.

Al-Hazm Castle: A majestic castle based between clusters of palm trees resembling the rustic style of Rustag fort.

Al-Kasfah spring: A natural occurring spring gushing from the earth blessed with a miraculous healing property. Water is accumulated at the depth of the ground filled by occasional rainfalls.

The wadis (valleys) of the surrounding area are well worth exploring and are known for their natural springs, incl Al-Kasfah (the most popular of all. Natural irrigation makes this a fertile fruit-growing region which is also known for its excellent honey.

Distance from The Dunes: 80 km

Thrilling spelunking in the ruins of Oman

Thrilling spelunking in the ruins of Oman

Oman offers some of the most chilling cave explorations in the world and should only be attempted by experienced and fit explorers.

One of the most famous caves is the 'Majlis Al-Jinn'; the second largest underground chamber in the world. This is an extremely difficult cave to scale, and it is important that the expedition is not undertaken lightly and without professional guidance.

Distance from The Dunes: 300 km

Conquer the mountains

Conquer the mountains

The trekking season is in Oman is between October to April. Above 1,900-meter altitude trekking is possible all year round. The countryside is mostly rugged and the trails are loose, but trekking is by far the best way to enjoy Oman's spectacular mountain-landscape.

Different types of trips with varying degrees of difficulty can be done; from the easy start in Capital Area to the stunning Rim Walk in the Grand Canyon of Jabal Shams.

The formidable terrain requires prior experience or the guidance of an expert.

Distance from The Dunes: 250 km

High octane Rock climbing

High octane Rock climbing

There are many craggy mountains and steep sea cliffs in Oman to tempt the rock-climber. The state of Oman is a dream come true for a thrill seeker: from sports climbing and dragging to multi-pitch routes –bolted or traditional– where the rocks are high as 250 m.

JabalGhul with its 300 m towers offers Alpine-style climbing at it's best as well as the gorgeous Southeastern face of JebalMishfa with climbs from 120 to 500 m.

The best-known site is JebalMisht and has probably got the biggest rock face of the whole of the Arabian Peninsula. It's South and Southeast face stretch for about 6 Km and is up to 850 m high. Alpine style routes of all grades are available. The biggest problem will not be hypothermia but heat exhaustion; the rock face can be extremely hot and sharp. The choice of a route will depend on the time of year and direction it faces.

Distance from The Dunes: 231 km

Discover the parochial history of Oman

Discover the parochial history of Oman

This heritage village Abu-Nukhayl is a popular tourist attraction a reincarnation of a bygone era (more than centuries ago) that establishes the same mystical and authentic atmosphere of a souk.

Here, at the Omani Heritage Village, you will get a firsthand experience of some the Sultanate of Oman’s traditional arts and crafts.

Watch the artisans at work over handcrafted silverware, pottery, and weaving. Find the most enticing trinkets and souvenirs that will make ideal gifts to take back home.

Distance from The Dunes: 19 km

A civilization thriving around an Oasis

A civilization thriving around an Oasis

The oasis city of Nizwa, the largest in the interior province, was the capital of Oman in the 6th and 7th centuries AD. Today, it is a diverse, prosperous area, which has many agricultural, historical, governmental and recreational aspects. Nizwa Castle, located in the town proper, is an imposing structure. With its connections to the root of Islam, Nizwa has a number of important mosques, such as Nizwa Mosque; a Friday mosque heralded as a 'beacon of science', So'al Mosque; built in the 2nd century AH, and Al-Shawadhana Mosque which is located in the district of Aqr.

Nizwa is famous for its bustling souq where tourists can buy exquisite copper and silver jewelry and other craft items. The souq is situated next to the castle and was renovated in the 1990's, costing OMR 2.5 million. The design of the souq compliments the castle in every way and has been constructed using same traditional materials. In 1993, Nizwa won the award for 'Organization of Arab Cities'.

There are around 90 Falaj in the area, the most important being Falaj Daris; the life maintainer of Nizwa gardens and the water supplier for all domestic purposes. The Wadi Tanuf Dam, completed in 1989, is designed to increase the supply of subterranean water which feeds the Afalaj of Daris and Tanuf. The increased supply has led to an expansion in the agricultural area. The dam is 135m long and is located on the watercourse of Wadi Tanuf which is famous in the Middle East for its mineral water.

Enticing Promenade through the Mutrah Souq

Enticing Promenade through the Mutrah Souq

Wear the hat of a bargain-hunter as you stroll through the bustling pavement of Mutrah Souq, the most customary market in Muscat. Jostle through the commotion to pick your favorite item and settle into the local café that highlights the predominant lifestyle of Oman.

Souvenirs that you cannot afford to miss are customary perfume Itar, Khanjar (Omani Dagger), and scintillating room freshener (Bukhoor).

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