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Salalah and Empty Quarter Holidays: an Overview

Oman may now appear on most people's travel radar, but many visitors restrict themselves to the coastline around Muscat in the north. Now, however, the lush city of Salalah - the southern capital - and the 'sand sea' of the Empty Quarter are opening up for exploration.

For those looking for something a little different, Original Travel has helped to develop, and has exclusive access to, a luxury 4x4 safari with overnight stays at private camps that are set up in advance each night. The safaris start with arrival into Salalah via Muscat. After a lunch of fresh seafood, there's the chance to snorkel over vibrant corals, go boogie-boarding or join a fishing party. The evening is spent around a campfire on the beach before supper under the stars and overnight in a comfortable tent.

The next day can either be spent relaxing at the beach camp, or visiting several sites of historical interest around Salalah. Original Travel has exclusive access to the private camps on the beach near Salalah and the Empty Quarter.

The first stop is Mirbat Beach, which is found in a deserted cove just along the coast from Salalah. After a lunch of fresh seafood, there's the chance to snorkel over vibrant corals, go boogie-boarding or join a fishing party.

The evening is spent around a campfire on the beach before supper under the stars and overnight in a comfortable tent.

The next day can either be spent relaxing at the beach camp, or visiting several sites of historical interest around Salalah, including Job's tomb, the Mughsayl blow holes, Al Balid (the ruined city once visited by Marco Polo during his travels), Khor Rawri (thought to have been the Queen of Sheba's palace), Mirbat with its traditional merchant houses famed for their intricately carved doors and windows, the fort and mosque at Taqah, and the ruins of the fabled Lost City of Ubar.

Day three takes you into the 'sand sea' of the Empty Quarter where a mobile camp awaits. Spend the late afternoon walking in the dunes, enjoying evening drinks and watching the spectacular sunset. After a delicious three course supper, sleep under canvas surrounded by the silence of the desert.

The next day, explore the unique and exceptionally photogenic desert environment. Ride camels, sandboard down the steep-sided dunes, or just relax and admire the scenery of a place few travellers have ever been.

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A Note on Price

All of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like when in the year you will be travelling, how far in advance you book, the class of flights included and the level of accommodation you choose. The guide prices shown across this website are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip.