Al Sifah Beach is a small beach distinguished by its white sands and few rocky outcrops on the eastern coast of Muscat, about 168 miles (270 km) southeast of Sohar, Oman, on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia. Unaffected by artificial illumination, the beach provides a dark and open sky for reasonable stargazing. It is also a safe place for camping overnight, starting a bonfire, having a barbeque, swimming, fishing, and surfing. One EarthSky friend says “There is very little light pollution. It’s a long flat beach with mountains behind. Stars are clearly visible. Also, it is warm, so you can easily camp and enjoy the night sky. In the morning you can swim in the warm water. If you are lucky, you could swim in a phosphorescent sea with the stars twinkling above you! Magical!” For more information, call +968 800 77799.
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!