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

 

16 thoughts on “Runaway Photo: Wahiba Sands and Bedouins of Oman”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. Manjulika Pramod

    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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