Oman’s culture and traditions stretch back millennia, and due to its consistent top ranking as one of the most peaceful countries in the world it has become an increasingly popular destination. With its low-rise architecture, lustrous culture, and a frankincense-trading past, the country gives travelers a chance to experience traditional Arabia along its secluded coastline.
Bustling spice-filled souks and historic forts showcase a bygone age, while the capital city, Muscat showcases modernity through upscale shopping malls and lavish hotels. But, the country also surprises and delights with its natural spoils, from rugged canyons to vast deserts, and the most scenic of all—serene wadis like Wadi Bani Khalid.
A Desert Oasis
One of Oman’s most alluring hidden gems is Wadi Bani Khalid, a valley of water and swimming holes only accessible after driving through the desert. Upon arriving you’ll discover a real desert oasis with its landscape of emerald-green waters and palm trees, a stark contrast from Oman’s arid mountain landscapes and desert dunes. Carving a path of water over time, the rocks have formed natural pools, cliff jumping points, and water slides for visitors to enjoy.
Swimming in the crystal clear waters is wonderfully refreshing, particularly after exploring the sun-drenched desert. You can also cool off under a date palm tree, relax and admire the labyrinth of pools nestled in the narrow canyons, or find a quiet spot to sunbathe on the giant boulders. Different from the more traditional atmosphere of Oman’s religious sites, Wadi Bani Khalid offers a great place to unwind and rejuvenate from the desert heat while soaking up the tranquil valley vistas. It’s also an easily accessible wadi in Oman, just a short five-minute walk from the car park.
Middle Eastern Treasures
On our new Oman tour, you’ll have a chance to immerse yourself in Wadi Bani Khalid’s natural beauty, as well as explore a beautifully-preserved fort, traditional Boudouin house, and Muscat’s iconic Grand Mosque with its elaborately decorated interior. Combining with Dubai and Abu Dhabi, this tour gives an in-depth look at some of the most fascinating, well-preserved cultures in the Middle East. Marvel at Dubai’s towering 2,722-foot-tall Burj Khalifa skyscraper and embark on an exciting desert safari, then explore the ornate interior of Abu Dhabi’s star attraction, the white-domed Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, in all its glory.
Want to experience authentic Middle Eastern traditions for yourself? You can explore Wadi Bani Khalid and more on our new, air-inclusive Oman, Dubai & Abu Dhabi tour.