SALALAH

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With rich green hills, waterfalls, emerald wadis and wonderfully cool weather, Salalah is the perfect summer escape

From June to September, monsoon clouds from India engulf Salalah in fine drizzle. Known as the khareef, this seasonal change magically transforms the city into a verdant oasis of cool greenness that attracts visitors from across the Gulf seeking respite from the heat.

In the east Salalah offers some of the best landscapes in the Middle East including Wadi Darbat with its lake and magnificent waterfalls, and the dramatic uplands of the Jebel Samhan, whose sheer limestone walls tower above the coastal plain. The remains of the ancient city of Sumhuram, once one of the key ports in the frankincense trade and the iconic Taqah Castle are

also popular attractions.

To the west of the city lies the Jebel al Qamar, one of the most dramatic sections of the Dhofar Mountains, which rear up out of the sea at the village of Mughsail, home to an impressive trio of blowholes overlooking the Marneef Caves.

Add to that a long-running tourism festival, warm hospitality and the unique experience of picnicking under the rain clouds, and you have the ideal summer getaway.

From June to September, monsoon clouds from India engulf Salalah in fine drizzle. Known as the khareef, this seasonal change magically transforms the city into a verdant oasis of cool greenness that attracts visitors from across the Gulf seeking respite from the heat.

In the east Salalah offers some of the best landscapes in the Middle East including Wadi Darbat with its lake and magnificent waterfalls, and the dramatic uplands of the Jebel Samhan, whose sheer limestone walls tower above the coastal plain. The remains of the ancient city of Sumhuram, once one of the key ports in the frankincense trade and the iconic Taqah Castle are also popular attractions.

To the west of the city lies the Jebel al Qamar, one of the most dramatic sections of the Dhofar Mountains, which rear up out of the sea at the village of Mughsail, home to an impressive trio of blowholes overlooking the Marneef Caves.

Add to that a long-running tourism festival, warm hospitality and the unique experience of picnicking under the rain clouds, and you have the ideal summer getaway.

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GETTING TO SALALAH

The main airport in Salalah is Salalah International Airport, which is located five kilometres from the city centre. Oman Air is the main airline in the city with over three flights a day from Muscat, Jeddah, Sharjah, Doha and Dubai. You will also get few direct flight tickets to Salalah from India and other cities in Saudi Arabia, making affordable international air tickets an easy task. There are also international flights which leave from European cities twice a week.

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WHERE TO STAY IN SALALAH

Salalah is home to a number of luxurious, hotels, which are part of well-known hotel chains such as the Crowne Plaza, the Hilton and Anantara. These hotels are all located relatively centrally in the city and offer world-class amenities and services. However, for those looking for a cheaper option, there are hotel apartments that you can rent out for the duration of your stay.

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SALALAH TRAVEL TIPS

  • The most ideal way to get around either within Salalah or when traveling to the numerous locations outside of town is by taxi, by hiring a driver, or by hiring a car.
  • To enjoy some of the country’s best camping or explore the more rugged roads, you’ll need a 4WD, but beware of the soft sand on the beaches.
  • It’s advisable for females to bring conservative clothing, especially if traveling outside the city. Tops with sleeves and Capri pants are recommended, and when on the beach, keep a sarong handy.
  • Remember to carry plenty of water if travelling outside the city.
  • Frankincense is the souvenir purchase in Salalah, while Myrrh and Omani perfumes are also great alternatives.
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