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Salalah is the capital of Dhofar, the southern region of Oman. It is a city set amongst coconut groves and banana plantations, sprawled along sandy beaches that run the length of its plain.

Salalah is the capital of Dhofar, the southern region of Oman. The lush vegetation makes Salalah seem almost tropical coupled with the summer monsoon known as the Khareef. Salalah is home to frankincense souqs, historic sites that are the gateway to the Empty Quarter and an incredible area to view humpback and blue whales.

If you want to experience the wider Oman then include Salalah and discover more of the varied history, landscapes, wildlife and culture of this fascinating country.

Coast, Salalah, Oman
Southern Oman and Salalah, Oman

A little more about Salalah

Following the khareef or summer monsoon, Salalah has a greener, more lush feel than the rest of Oman, allowing tropical fruit to grow and the wadis to fill with spring water. With white-sand beaches, incredible whale watching possibilities, smaller souqs and vastly less visited sites, Salalah is a most worthwhile addition to an Omani holiday.


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Visit the Samhuram Ruins

Visit the ruined city of Samhuram, or Queen of Sheba’s Palace.

Explore the Desert

Venture out into the southern desert to the ruins of the ancient city of Ubar, sometimes known as the ‘Atlantis of the Sands’.

Camp in the Empty Quarter

Drive by 4×4 into the world’s largest uninterrupted sand sea, the Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter) and camp amongst the enormous dunes.

Visit UNESCO Al Baleed

Explore the Al Baleed archaeological park to discover the ancient city’s mosque and defensive walls. Visit the excellent Land of Frankincense Museum that chronicles human settlement in the area since 2000 B.C.E.

Shop for Frankincense

Walk amongst the frankincense trees and shop for the resin at the specialist souq.

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Katie Benden

The excitement of travelling the world has always hugely appealed. Largely cemented from my first solo trip to Egypt and the Middle East. The crazy hustle and bustle of Cairo was a huge assault on the senses, scrambling through the claustrophobic tunnels of the Great pyramid took me out of my comfort zone and I was left humbled by the warm hospitality of the Nubian people in Aswan as we shared dinner together.

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