With a dazzling bounty of underwater attractions to explore and improved access to key diving hubs, there has arguably never been a better time to strap on a dive tank in the waters of the Middle East. From revived favourites to up-and-coming diving destinations, here are the region’s scuba highlights.
Tucked into the southeastern corner of the vast Arabian Peninsula, Oman has historically been isolated by mountains, sand and sea. Today, the same pristine features responsible for the sultanate’s seclusion are now acclaimed outdoor attractions. From the world’s largest sand desert to endangered sea turtles, hulking baobab trees and ancient ‘pillow lavas’, Oman has a surfeit of natural wonders that are surprisingly easy and inexpensive to explore.