Ras Al Markaz beach near Duqm is picturesque and an undisturbed beauty. Though the area is an important place for oil exploration, the unique beauty of the beach’s deserted white sands is hard to miss. It’s a hidden paradise for many explorers of nature in Oman. Ras Al Markaz has great cliffs with sedimentary rocks, which have its unique coloured layers, and a calm sandy beach down the cliffs and it is a great spot for angling, swimming, and snorkelling.
It is also a great place for camping as the 40-metre cliff casts a beautiful shadow over the beach area. Take a pair of binoculars with you if you are visiting this place in winter, as migratory birds are abundant this season.
During stormy weather there will be huge waves. The patches of mud flats on the beach make a 4X4 essential to access the beach. Also beware of flash floods during the rainy season. Prepare for some adventure when taking the 500-km trip down to Ras Al Markaz from Muscat, but that is part of its attraction.
From Muscat, take the expressway. When you reach Duqm, drive in the direction of Hayma. After 17km, head straight for Al Jazar. The turning point for Ras Al Markaz is 49km from the petrol station. Take the dirt road and continue for 14km to reach the beach.