Wadi Kitnah

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A canyoning haven

Cut into the stone, this wadi is a chain of water pools and submerged caves that make it a canyoning haven. Those that prefer a more leisurely hike, can follow the wadi’s edge to or from Kitnah village.

Wadi Kitnah used to be one of the most popular freshwater pool destinations for Al Ain residents, until the Omani government built an official border post just a kilometre before the turn-off. People stopped going due to the extra time needed to complete the border crossing, the cost of the visa and the requirement for Omani car insurance. Instead, they diverted their attention to closer and less bureaucratic wadis.

Gradually, fewer and fewer people knew of this wadi, and that is a shame as it is one of the best wadi destinations in the region. When the water is fresh and flowing, there are pools deep enough for those brave enough to jump in from a cliff the height of a three-storey building and, in the gorges, you can float through caves, sometimes even having to swim under rock to get through.

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Things to do

Interested in a particular type of holiday experience? there is so much to do in Oman that you will want to keep coming back. Here are just a few of the possibilities to help make your next visit to Oman perfect.

Paragliding

Paragliding is a newer addition to Oman’s rapidly growing adventure tourism scene, adding to an already impressive suite of outdoor pursuits in the country. Several tour companies offer beginner, intermediate, and pilot courses for anyone interested.

Hiking

Hiking routes can be found throughout the country; from short, accessible routes on the outskirts of cities and villages, to longer treks in more remote areas. Oman has something for every hiker, including some combining elements of canyoning and climbing.

Stand up Paddle Boarding

Taking off as a new leisure activity in the early 2000s, Stand Up Paddle Boarding has gained momentum in Sultanate, quickly earning itself a reputation as a great SUP location thanks to its over 3,000km long coastline.