What is a weekend without a little adventure? This weekend was no exception, The place I was headed for was Al Ain Sahban, a sulphur spring near Al Buraimi.
Ain Sahban is a place I’ve heard stories of and seen pictures of but the 3 hour drive from Muscat city was always a little off-putting but in an effort to tick more locations off my list I made the effort. Believe me, I wasn’t disappointed. It really is an amazing world when you take the effort to venture away from the built up areas.
The place is incredibly beautiful!
And on this particular day it was incredibly peaceful and serene – Just what I was looking for!
There are reported health benefits of sulphur springs like relief from arthritis, fibromyalgia and skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema. Never one to pass up an opportunity, I lathered it on too. I’m not sure if it helped my health any but it certainly was amusing to be even whiter than usual, something I’m always teased for; Six years in the Middle East and I still don’t have a sun tan.
This beautifully tranquil location proved to be worth the three-hour drive from Muscat just for a slice of nature with not another soul around.
How to get there:
You can reach Al Ain Sahban by a regular sedan car but it is best to cross the off-road bumpy landscape in a 4X4.
Google map link: https://goo.gl/maps/sE3Uc39igQr
Take the road from Muscat to Sohar. After arriving near Sohar, take the turn that leads to Al Buraimi, passing by the Crowne Plaza Sohar. Follow the road for some time until you find a brown mosque, enter the small tunnel to your right. There are small, sporadic green signs in Arabic that lead you to the destination of Al Ain Sabhan spring.
Please be sure to be respectful to the local environment when visiting – The charm in this place is the serene nature and impressive lack of human touch.