Road to Salalah from Dubai
Favorite thing: Via Al Ain, cross Mezyad border, drive to Ibri and at Ibri take the right road to Salalah This road byepasses Nizwa and joins somehwere in between the Adam~Hayma route which leads to Thumrayt and then to Salalah.
Fondest memory: Yet to visit Salalah...!!
- Road Trip
- Family Travel
Favorite thing: The lush plantations of coconut palms, bananas and papayas give Salalah's coastal strip a tropical appearance, which sets it apart from the rest of the Middle East. This is definitely one of my favourite things about the place.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Favorite thing: Salalah's fruit stalls are famous in Oman. They line the roadsides in the coastal strip, especially Sultan Qaboos Street in the Dahariz district. They sell the produce of the plantations, i.e. coconuts, bananas and papayas. The stallholders will cut open coconuts so you can drink the fresh juice with a straw.
The fruit is very cheap, for example, a kilo of bananas costs from OR 0.2 to OR 0.3.
- Food and Dining
- Road Trip
Hotels in Salalah during the Khareef Season
Favorite thing: During the khareef (monsoon season) all accommodation in Salalah is heavily booked, so you will need to organize your stay well in advance to be sure you get a room. Prices during this time of the year a considerable amount higher and the city is buzzing with foreign and local holiday makers. You can camp near Salalah and you also rent or buy camping gear in the city center.
- Budget Travel
Money & Currency
Favorite thing: The local currency is called the Omani Rial, which is often seen written as RO or OR. It is divided into 1000 baiza (bz). Notes come in the following sizes:
100bz; 200bz; 250bz (1/4 rial); RO 1/2; RO 1; RO 5; RO 10; RO 20; RO 50
Coins: 5bz; 10bz; 25bz; 50bz
Cash is the preferred method of payment, but most of the large shops will take major credit cards. Personal cheques are rarely accepted. Currency can be exchanged in the hotels, banks and exchange houses. Take your passport for ID purposes when exchanging money or cashing Traveller's Cheques.
Most of the banks have Automated Teller Machines (ATM) which will accept cards such as VISA, American Express, MasterCard, Cirrus and Global Access.
Banks are open from 8.00am to 12.00pm, Saturday to Wednesday, and 8.00am to 11.30am on Thursday. Transfers of money are easy to arrange as the Omani Rial is freely convertible and there are no controls governing its exchange.
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Favorite thing: Salalah has a real tropical feel. There are banana and coconut plantatins with camels wandering through them - sometimes having a wee nap in the shade.
Fondest memory: There are roadside fruit stalls located by the plantatins between town and the souks.
You can buy all kinds of fruit: fresh coconuts, bananas, mangoes, citrus fruit and other fruits.
- Budget Travel
More of Salalah
Favorite thing: We found it so depressing that one of our friends quipped. "You can translate Salalah as "Don't get off the ship.' "
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