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Salalah, the capital of the Dhofar region, is a colourful, subtropical city that owes much of its character to Oman’s former territories in East Africa. Flying into Salalah from Muscat, especially during the khareef, it is hard to imagine that Oman’s first and second cities share the same continent. From mid-June to mid-August, monsoon clouds from India bring a constant drizzle to the area and, as a result, the stubble of Salalah’s surrounding jebel is transformed into an oasis of misty pastures. Year-round, Salalah’s coconut-fringed beaches and plantations of bananas and papayas offer a flavour of Zanzibar in the heart of the Arabian desert.

 

 

The giant Salalah Port at Raysut has brought new wealth to the city, not to mention thousands of day-visit cruise-ship passengers. As a result, the city has undergone a beautification process and lots of helpful brown signs help steer visitors around Salalah and surrounding sights of special interest.

 

  • CULTURAL THEATRE PROGRAMME JANUARY

    Groups from around the world perform during these cultural evenings. Past performers have included traditional music and dance from Jordan, Germany, Egypt and Georgia.

  • Spring Fair in Salalah MARCH

    Spring Fair is an annual shopping, food and fun fair organized by Oman International Trade Exhibitions (OITE). Visitors will find exhibitors, food stalls and entertainers from around the world. With jumping castles, plenty of rides, toys, balloons, candy floss and ice cream cones, it is a perfect destination for families.

  • Museum of the Frankincense Land

    The main point of interest in Salalah is the ancient site of Al-Baleed . The comprehensive set of ruins, which are well labelled and atmospherically lit at night, belong to the 12th-century trading po... Read More
  • Al-Husn Souq

    On the beachfront, right next to the sprawling Sultan’s Palace (Al Husn), is the marvellous Al Husn Souk (also known as Al Haffa Souk, after the district in which i... Read More
  • Plantations

    Salalah is famous for its plantations of coconuts, papayas and bittersweet, small bananas. Stroll through the plantation roads near the corniche (2km from the town centre); for refreshment, stop off a... Read More