The world’s biggest sandpit: What it's like going desert camping with kids

“Ready, set, go,” shrieked my two-year-old, just before leaping feet-first down a sand dune in the heart of the Wahiba.

His landing spoilt the wave-like patterns in the tangerine orange sand, in the spot we’d chosen to watch the sunset – a few minutes drive away from our desert camp.

Often called the ‘best slide in the world’, Adam repeatedly climbed and dropped down his miniature dune, set among a 4,600-square-mile sea of desert. This is also known as Shariqiya Sands and lies within a two-hour drive of Oman’s capital, Muscat.

In the cool sandy valley he used his fingers to draw shapes in the big sandpit, as the sun sank between

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