As Sifah Beach - Wide desert beach
The beach at As Sifah is one of the widest and closest to the desert that we have found in the Muscat area. It is about 30 kilometres and a good hour by car from the capital of Oman. At almost six kilometres it covers a very long stretch of the coastline. The beach, with its deep golden sand, and set against the mountains and the Gulf of Oman, could not look more natural and beautiful. The traditional houses of the village of As Sifah add the final touch to this picturesque beach.
The sand itself is fine, though a few stones and litter items are to be found among its fine grains, despite the fact that the beach is well supplied with rubbish bins. As there is nothing that acts as a windbreak anywhere along this wide beach, it is comparatively windy. This inevitably affects the sea and the waves. The water is a bit rough, though it is still very clear.
There is little infrastructure at the beach. We couldn't find any shaded areas, showers or toilets. In As Sifah itself there were only two coffee shops open where drinks and small snacks could be ordered. In As Sifah hardly anyone speaks English and very few tourists visit its wide beach. However, the beach is bound to be well-suited to water sport enthusiasts who love surfing, kite-surfing, sailing or windsurfing and have their own equipment.
We recommend this beach as a day excursion for nature-lovers and anyone who enjoys picturesque settings. There is no accommodation available locally, so for a longer stay you would have to camp.