Runaway Photo: Wahiba Sands and Bedouins of Oman

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Runaway Photo: Wahiba Sands and Bedouins of Oman

Wahiba Sands of Oman

Meeting Bedouin people in Wahiba Sands of Oman

Wahiba Sands is a region of desert in Oman, located in between Muscat and Sur. As a desert enthusiast, I was quite excited to see Wahiba Sands in Oman in Focus Photography Tour itinerary. There are several desert camps that welcome visitors with simple but comfortable setting. Driving on the sand dunes with 4WD is always thrilling. It reminded me of the four-day driving/camping trip I did in Namibia last year.
It is also one of the rare places you can meet Bedouin tribe. They live near the desert camps in Wahiba Sands, living by their traditional lifestyle and preserving the culture. It was the only time we were openly allowed to take photos of the Bedouin women in Oman. The Omani women’s face mask is quite fascinating. I’ve never seen anything like this before. After exploring the sand dunes over the sunset, we had a pleasure to enjoy the traditional song and dance of Bedouin people.

Wish I had more time to explore the different parts of the deserts, but we saved the mystery for our next adventure.

Wahiba Sands

Wahiba Sands

Wahiba Sands - continuing

Wahiba Sands – continuing

Bedouin woman

Bedouin woman

Camels walking on the desert

Camels walking on the desert

Wahiba Sands and our team afar

Wahiba Sands and our team afar

Bedouin people's craft tent

Bedouin people’s craft tent

Bedouin woman making traditional accessory

Bedouin woman making traditional accessory

Sand dunes and small plants

Sand dunes and small plants

Random encounter with a random camel

Random encounter with a random camel

Camel riders

Camel riders

Sand dunes at Wahiba Sands

Sand dunes at Wahiba Sands

 

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

16 Comments

  1. I wish I had managed to make it over the border to Oman when I was recently in Abu Dhabi. I was lucky to go on a camel trek with Bedouins which was incredible 🙂

  2. Robert says:

    Amazing photos. Thanks

  3. Andrew says:

    like like like like like

    been on my travel wishlist for years. Your photos are an insporation

  4. Wow! These photos are breathtaking. Reminds me a lot of the Sahara.

  5. What great shots! I’d love to do a tour like this!!

  6. So amazing! The desert is the one landscape that has escaped me so far.

  7. Wow, your photos continue to blow me away everytime I see them.
    You always manage to capture such beautiful moments in your photos.

  8. PassportDave says:

    Great photos Juno! I had never really considered going out to visit a real desert like that at all. After seeing posts like these though, I am definitely reconsidering. Looks like the desert can be a really fascinating place! Thanks for the post.

  9. Adam says:

    I find deserts to be such colorful places. Great photos Juno 🙂

  10. Jaryd says:

    Killer photography skills Juno, well done! I love the Bedouin people, they are so nice, I was fortunate after living in Egypt in the South Sinai to meet and become friends with a lot of them.

  11. So cool that you went to Oman!! And Amazing photos! Let me know if you ever make it out to Korea 🙂

  12. Andy says:

    I love the desert. Interesting how some Bedouin traditions are the same across to other places. I have seen some similar designs in places like Morocco, especially where the women had ink on their chin to signify their culture.

  13. Wow, your photos are amazing! The last one is my favorite one, it looks like you’re lost in the desert 🙂

  14. nutier says:

    Hi , thank you for uploading beautiful natures that I like . you have really good chance to go for a walk on wahiba desert in Oman .
    have a nice weekend !
    Gilbert Nutier

  15. […] Red deserves its name. It’s not as big as other sand dunes I’ve been to in the Middle East or Africa, but it’s only the entrance of the vast desert. We arrived there just before the sun […]

  16. Manjulika Pramod says:

    I had a great time in the Wahiba deserts too 🙂
    Great pictures, cudn’t get such a beautiful shot of the Bedouin Women

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