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Flanked on the east by the Arabian Sea, on the west by the Rub Al Khali – The Empty Quarter – and by Oman’s most southern governorate – Dhofar – to the south, Al Wusta covers a large area in the middle of the Sultanate.

With beaches stretching for long distances, and generally smaller settlements, this region is a haven for wildlife and nature lovers. Bird watching enthusiasts can spot over 130 different species of birds, including migratory birds from as far away as Europe. The Barr Al Hikman peninsula is especially known for visiting flocks of flamingos.

Further inland, the Arabian Oryx Sanctuary was established to protect the Arabian Oryx, an antelope that is native to desert areas of the Arabian Peninsula. Other species that can be found at the sanctuary include Nubian ibex, Arabian wolves and Arabian gazelle.

The Rock Gardens of Duqm and the salt plains of Mahout are just some of the geological areas of interest in Al Wusta. This and a score of untouched beaches make a visit to this region a special experience.

PLACES TO SEE