Salalah

Salalah

 

Salalah is a great location all year round for a unique holiday. Salalah is home to legends and folklores, ancient history, wildlife and adventure.Salalah is situated in the Dhofar region to the south of the Sultanate of Oman. It is surrounded by mountains on the edge of the Indian Ocean. Unspoilt, glorious, white sandy beaches are scattered with coconut palms, banana plantations and blow holes spurting water over 30 metres into the air. Mountains, cliffs, caves and waterfalls are rich with greenery and wildlife as a blessing of the South west Monsoons known as the Khareef. The town itself is bustling with shops, restaurants, traditional markets and friendly people.

The history of Salalah can be dated as far back as the Queen of Sheba who reportedly travelled to this region to obtain supplies of frankincense- a plant which grows only in southern Oman, Somalia and India. Archaeologists have uncovered remains of a great mosque, tools, pottery, weapons and jewellery dating back to 3000BC. Some places of interests are NabiAyoubs tomb and bin Ali's tomb, the ancient city Al Balid, the lost city of Ubar, the museum, Mirbat, craftsmen souq and the anti-gravity road.

Oman is famous for its people and cultures. It is known worldwide that the Omani people are exceptionally helpful and friendly. Salalah upholds its cultures and traditions proudly. The khareef festival is a fantastic opportunity every year to experience Omani culture. Fashion, national heritage, local foods and music, traditional performances and folklore troupes fire up this truly majestical carnival that thousands of people travel from all over the world to celebrate.

Known commonly throughout Arabia,Salalah is named 'The Garden City' and is most certainly a nature lover's paradise!

Due to the khareef season Salalah is a haven for wildlife and nature tourism. It is home to over 56 types of mammals including the Arabian leopard, hyena, ibex, gazelle and hundreds of cows, camels and goats.

Bird watchers, you can expect to see flamingo, storks, stilts, sandpipers, herons, egrets, sunbirds, green pigeons, eagles and kites.

There are also 4 species of turtle that nest in Salalah including the highly endangered Hawksbill.



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