Family attractions in Duqm
If you haven’t heard of Duqm yet, chances are you soon will. This Omani city, which is currently in the process of implementing its architectural and infrastructural master plan, is well on its way to becoming a leading family-friendly destination.
The Arabian Sea port has set 2025 as the date for its grand reveal, at which point it intends to have a population of 10,000 people, an airport and a world-class marina. In the meantime, it remains something of a hidden gem, with sun-drenched beaches relatively free of tourists, calm seas ideal for watersports, and mountains and valleys just waiting to be explored. If you’re visiting Oman with the kids in tow, don’t miss out on the chance to discover Duqm’s attractions for yourself.
Al Shu’ir beach
Approximately 20km from central Duqm you’ll find Al Shu’ir, a beach that’s also referred to as Al Shuwaier. Blissfully unspoilt, its golden sands contrast beautifully with the azure Arabian Sea waters. This coastal stretch is defined by fishermen’s abodes rather than grand resorts, preserving a romantic, ramshackle vibe. Kids are free to run and play to their heart’s content, and you’ll find it easy to keep an eye on them from a cosy vantage point on the sand.
While it gets pretty hot here between April and July, temperatures tend to hover between 20-30°C throughout the rest of year. Even in the height of summer, cool sea breezes often keep temperatures at a perfectly manageable 25°C.
Duqm rocks park
Children can let their imaginations run wild at Duqm’s rocks park, where boulders appear to resemble animals and parts of the human body. Discovered in 2009, the super-rare natural boulder garden is regarded as one of the most important sites of its kind in the world. Its sandstone and limestone formations are believed to have taken shape some 46 million years ago – look out for rocks resembling turtles, smiling faces, and pretty much anything else your family can dream up.
Discover rural Omani life
While work continues apace to transform Duqm into a city on a par with Abu Dhabi or Dubai, its heritage as a fishing village and strong links with rural communities make it an ideal place to explore traditional life in the Arabian peninsula. Within a short distance of the city you’ll find opportunities for wadi hiking, dune bashing and camping on the beach, complete with authentic meals like freshly-caught fished grilled right there on the sands.
Ras Madrakah beach
Situated about 80km south from our Park Inn by Radisson Hotel & Residence Duqm, Ras Madrakah beach is worth the 90-minute drive. A popular spot for surf fishing, the vast expanse of sand with its gently lapping waves is the ideal spot to settle down with a picnic. As yet untouched by developers, you might even find you’ve got the whole beach to yourselves. Early risers can treat themselves to a picture-perfect sunrise that turns both the beach and the surrounding desert a rich shade of gold, creating a truly spellbinding spectacle.