There’s no shortage of desert in Oman, but not all sands are created equal. Bawshar Sands, near Muscat’s Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, is a good location for dune-bashing in SUVs and on bikes, as is Ramlat Tawq. Beautiful A’Sharqiyah Sands, aka Wahiba Sands, the original homeland of the Bedouins, is rich in oases and ideal for camping and activities such as desert surfing.
As its name suggests, the Empty Quarter has little in the way of oasis greenery. At 250,000 square miles, the world’s largest continuous sand desert is still unexplored in parts, so it’s best approached alongside an experienced guide.