Desert Safari: Empty Quarter Sunset Tour

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Discover the Empty Quarter desert and lost city of Ubar on a guided tour from Salalah. Learn about the history of the Frankincense trade and admire the sunset over the Rub Al Khali Desert.


  • Discover the lost city of Ubar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Try Sand skiing for the first time with us!
  • Explore the Empty Quarter, the largest sand desert in the world
  • Admire the sunset over the Rub Al Khali Desert from the dunes
  • Experience dunes bashing in with an expert guide!


Embark on an afternoon adventure to the Qara mountain range and the Empty Quarter on a 4x4 tour from Salalah. Visit the UNESCO-listed Wadi Dawka, the Lost City of Ubar, and the Empty Quarter. Start the tour in the afternoon by 4x4 vehicle and drive towards the Qara mountain range with its spectacular view of the Salalah plains dotted with thick shrub and woodland. On the way, visit Wadi Dawka, a UNESCO World Heritage site known as the Frankincense Wadi, which is also well-known as the biggest collection of the naturally grown Frankincense trees in the region. Experience the Frankincense and its use in the past as well as in the modern world. After having a small break in Thumrait town, which was famous as a Bedouin settlement, proceed west on a graded road crossing the huge gravel desert of Al Nejd. Visit the Lost City of Ubar, a UNESCO World Heritage site, 175 kilometers away from Salalah. This legendary ancient kingdom, known as Ubar, was said to have existed in one of the most inhospitable places on earth – a vast and forbidding Rub Al Khali desert, appropriately known as the Empty Quarter. According to myth, the desert swallowed up Ubar. Quite literally, it sank without trace -becoming the fabled “Atlantis of the Sands.” This once buried city, which was spotted by satellite, gives you a glimpse of the value of work carried out by a team of explorers in 1992, led by Sir Ranulph Fiennes. After walking around the site, proceed to the Empty Quarter to experience the “biggest sand desert in the World” by rambling on fascinating sand dunes. A breathtaking overview of the vast desert awaits you on the top of the dunes. Enjoy the sunset over the Rub Al Khali Desert.


4x4 vehicle drive Visit to Wadi ‘Dawka’ (UNESCO World heritage site) Visit to the ‘Lost City of Ubar’ (UNESCO World heritage site) entry fees (3 OMR pp) not included Experience the Empty Quarter desert Sunset view over the Rub Al Khali Desert

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