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I'd love to see the dunes of Arabia, but that part of the world is just too crazy. I'd be afraid my wife would show too much shoulder or an ankle and we'd turn into an international incident. Oklahoma has a Little Sahara State Park with miles of sand dunes.
As for the beach, they get boring quick, but you can go to the beach in a number of places that acknowledge human rights. And they serve booze in other places.
How much did the Ministry of Tourism PR company pay you to post this odd plug for a place you've never been?
No offense, but Oman sounds like a dump. I prefer to spend my money in places where the government has a basic respect for human rights. Although I lived in Asia for years, I never visited Myanmar and I never visited North Korea because I did not want to give those regimes my financial support.
"Oman is an absolute monarchy in which all legislative, executive, and judiciary power ultimately rests in the hands of the hereditary sultan, and in which the system of laws is based firmly on Islamic sharia."
I live and work in Abu Dhabi and my fellow expats love visiting Muscat and Oman. It's a short hop from Abu Dhabi or Dubai, it has great food and even an opera house. It's on my list.
Dive trips to the Omani side of the Strait of Hormuz are also a great outdoorsy getaway.
To experience the dunes in the Rub Al'Khali,the Empty Quarter, without going to Saudi Arabia, visit the oasis town of Liwa in UAE. There's a very nice resort hotel there on the edge of the dunes. The pool looks out on the sand and there are dune buggy tours where one can sleep under the desert stars.
The UAE still has strong ties with the UK and is comfortable to Westerners. They have also been good allies to the US, if not the closest. Don't be afraid to come visit - at least in the winter. The summer weather is brutal.
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