Why Visit Salalah
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. 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, is the gateway to the Empty Quarter and is an incredible area to view humpback and blue whale. 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.
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.
- Charter a boat and go whale watching.
- Visit the ruined city of Samhuram, or Queen of Sheba’s Palace.
- Explore the peaceful rooms at the Salalah Museum and the archaeological site of Al Balid.
- Venture out of the city to the ruins of Ubar, sometimes known as the ‘Atlantis of the Sands’.
- Walk amongst the frankincense trees and shop for the resin at the specialist souq.
- Enter the Empty Quarter to spend the day or overnight in the tranquility of this vast desert wilderness.
Beyond the ordinary
Camp on the Halaniyat Islands, home to migratory birds and marine life.
Follow in Thesiger’s footsteps and camp in the Empty Quarter.