Camel riding’s traditional Arab pastime has always evoked positive responses from many, young and old alike, both local and foreign.
“Camels have been traditionally used by local Bedouins to move goods and people through the desert and around the world,” Oman‘s Tourism Ministry said. “It has become more a sign of prestige to own camels today, with many Omanis breeding them for racing and beauty contests. By setting off on a desert safari in the A’Sharqiyah Sands and Rub Al Khali, visitors can still enjoy a taste of the traditional Bedouin lifestyle. Nothing quite beats watching the sun set while on the back of a camel. Several local tour operators offer full camel safaris.
“A’Sharqiyah Sands is considered to be among the Sultanate’s most beautiful camping areas and stretches over an area of up to around 10,000 square kilometres,” the ministry added. “Most tourist events, such as sand dune riding in four-wheel drive dune buggies as well as horse and camel racing, take place on these beaches.
“Colors of the sand vary from red to brown, as far as the eye can see,” the ministry said. “It is the Bedouins primary homeland. This area attracts many desert adventure lovers, and is preferred by visitors because of its easy accessibility and availability of nearby services, making it a top tourist attraction.