Salalah is the second largest city in Oman. It is considered the capital of the country’s southern region and is very distinctly different from Muscat. Here, guests of Oman have a great opportunity to study the life of local residents and see the history of Oman with their own eyes, having visited the archaeological excavations of the southern region of the country. Coconut and banana plantations, as well as magnificent sandy beaches, give this town the look of a tropical paradise.
It is in Salalah that the ruins of the palace of the legendary Bat Sheva, the Queen of Sheba, are located.
How to get there
It is most convenient to arrive in Salalah with a domestic Oman Air flight: at least two flights depart from Muscat Airport daily. Flight time is one and a half hours. Another option is a 12-hour journey from the capital on the ONTC tourist bus (departures 4 times a day).
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The beaches of Salalah
The beaches of Salalah are sandy, very clean, with crystal water. In addition to beach idleness, vacationers are offered various water activities: water skiing and motorcycle riding, sailing, diving and snorkeling. But in Salalah you can “pove yourself into the water” only if you know the ford: the ocean currents are strong and unpredictable and have repeatedly taken even experienced swimmers by surprise.
Shopping and stores
Salalah is famous for its frankincense, a fragrant, tart substance obtained from the resin of a special type of tree. Due to its high quality, Salal incense is considered one of the most valuable in the world. You can also take away pure myrrh and various perfumes based on it from here. For this and other souvenirs, head to the bustling Haffa market.
Entertainment and attractions of Salalah
The city and its surroundings can boast of sights of an amazing degree of antiquity. In the mountains of Kara is the tomb of the prophet Job, in the valley of Rory – the ruins of the palace of the Queen of Sheba, and around the trees of the type “boswellia sacra” grow, from which frankincense is obtained. In Salalah itself, you should pay attention to the majestic mosque of Sultan Qaboos (a huge number of buildings, squares and streets are named after the real ruler of the country).
From Salalah you can go on excursions to the source of Ain Razat, to the traditional village of Taka (as usual, with its own ancient fort) and to the Samhan mountains. And 175 km north of Salalah are the ruins of the ancient city of Ubar, nicknamed by Lawrence of Arabia “Atlantis of the Sands.” Ubar, once a thriving center for the incense trade, was completely swallowed up by the encroaching sands of the Rub al-Khali desert.
Weather in Salalah
From mid-June to mid-September, the east monsoons blowing from India (“kharifs”) bring moisture-saturated cumulus clouds into Salalah, which create a constant, tiny drizzle. During this period, the mountains surrounding the city are dressed in lush greenery and bloom with hundreds of bright colors.