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Salalah is the capital city of Oman's southern Zufar and Dhofar region. It is often considered to be the "second city" of the Sultanate, although some of this designation is probably due to its distinction as Sultan Qaboos' birthplace.

The region is famous for its khareef (monsoon), and the Khareef Festival is an annual event here. Many locals will in fact be quite surprised to see non-Arab visitors at other times of year.


How to Reach

By plane

Oman Air flies from Muscat to Salalah at least three times a day. The flight takes roughly 90 minutes. The same carrier flies from Dubai to Salalah, with the flight taking some 2 hours scheduled on Sundays and Tuesdays.There are direct flights to Indian cities of Dehli, Kozhikode, Kochi, and Thiruvananthapuram. Beware, the taxi from the airport is 10 or 20 times the normal taxi rate.

By bus

There are daily buses between all Omani cities, very cheap compared to the cost of taxis, airfare, etc. In February 2006 Muscat-Salalah was about $12 US--it's a 12 hour trip.

By boat

There is at least one operator in Muscat that will charter you to Salalah.

By car

It is possible to drive from Muscat to Salalah. The trip takes roughly 12 hours (although there are numerous places worth a detour en route). From the starting point sure its a cheerful trip where you can enjoy the wild beauty. Rusayl, Nizwa, Haima, Thumrait and next is the most beautiful Salalah.

Key places to visit
Sultan Qaboos, Nabi Ayoubs Tomb in Salalah


Places to Visit

Sultan Qaboos

Sultan Qaboos reign began on 23 July 1970. The official title of this country in 1970 was the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman. Oman was an isolated state having no relations with other Arab or Islamic countries and this isolation pervaded all aspects of Omanis' lives. The new dawn arrived on 23 July, 1970, by way of Sultan Qaboos bin Said's accession to the throne, a leader who bridled at the suffering of his people and whose own ancestry bore the scars of long struggle.

Nabi Ayoubs Tomb in Salalah

Salalah is the only place in the Gulf that gets monsoon showers. The ideal time to visit the place is between the months of July to September. The picturesque landscape can be the best place to visit during vacation. There are a number of tourist attractions in Salalah in Oman. Frankincense Trail in Salalah, Nabi Ayoub’s Tomb in Salalah, Salalah beaches, Salalah Parks and Gardens and Salalah Museums are some of the major sightseeing in Salalah in Oman. The city has become important for archaeological and historical studies. Nabi Ayoub’s Tomb in Salalah is one of the popular places to visit.

Nabi Ayoub’s Tomb of Salalah is also one of the popular Sightseeing in Salalah of Oman. It is one of the valued places which can be frequented by the tourists. The shrine is perched high up on the Jebel Atteen range. Nabi Ayoub is also known as Prophet Job.
This was a tomb which was used by Job for his prayers. Nabi Ayoub’s Tomb at Salalah is about twenty miles from the city of Salalah. Job is regarded as a Prophet by Muslims, Jews and Christians. In Arabic Job is known as Ayoub Nabi. Women are advised to cover their heads with scarf and the visitors should take off their shoes before entering the Nabi Ayoub’s Tomb in Salalah.


The old city is confined to the area called Haffa. The Haffa souq(market place) has wide range of collectables to offer: frankinsence, dates, handicrafts, souvenirs etc.You'll need to practice your bargaining skills before you go shopping there. Better would be to have a local resident accompany you while you shop, so you know you are paying for the real thing.

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