Salalah Travel Guide

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Salalah Highlights

  • Pro
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     coconut-fringed beaches and plantations of bananas and papaya 

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     nightlife is pretty limited 

  • In a nutshell
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     a taste of zanzibar in the heart of arabian desertland 

Salalah Things to Do

  • Wadi Darbat

    Wadi Darbat is a natural park with majestic views of waterfalls, lakes, mountains, caves, wildlife and lush green vegetation. There is a 100 meter waterfall and many cave chambers with old stalactites and stalagmites. The caves were used by the shepherds as shelter and one can see colored paintings of animals on the cave walls. At the end of the...

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  • Nabi Ayoub's Tomb

    Nabi Ayoub's Tomb lies about 40 kilometers from Salalah on Jable Ittin. Nabi Ayoub's Tomb, marks the place where the remains of the Prophet, can be found. On the walls of the building are verses from the Holy Quran. Near the tomb, a small stone mosque is believed to have been used by Nabi Ayoub for prayers. It is advisable to take off your shoes...

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  • Ain Homran

    Another Scenic location of natural spring is Ain Homran. It is an excellent spot for bird watching. Seven different species of eagles have been identified at Ain Homran by a group of international bird watchers. Due to the nature of the place, there are many mosquitoes and insects so make sure to apply some cream to avoid scratching! It is not a...

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  • Salalah Museum

    It is the cultural centre of Salalah and has on display the Al Musnad writings, ancient scriptures and coins dating back to 11th century AD, pottery dating back to the middle ages and traditional irrigation tools and manuscripts. The museum is open Saturday through Wednesday from 8am to 2pm

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  • Khawr Rawri

    Khawr Rawri originates from Wadi Darbat and is a natural beauty spot for visitors. This lagoon is frequented by many migratory birds including flamingos, waders and gulls.

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  • Mughsail Bay

    Mughsail Bay has one of the most beautiful beaches in Oman. When I was last there, it was totally deserted, except for thousands of migrating terns. It's a good spot for beach activities and birdwatching. You can combine a visit here with a trip to the blowholes, which are just round the headland at the western end of the bay.

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Salalah Restaurants

  • Lebanese

    Baalbeck Restaurant is one of the most attractive downtown restaurants. It is also one of the best places to eat both Lebanese cuisine and seafood.The baba ganoush with pomegranate is a very nice starter.

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  • Indian Vegetarian

    Udupi Vegetarian Restaurant is my favourite restaurant in Salalah. The food is delicious and very cheap. There is an extensive menu of North Indian, South Indian and Chinese dishes. I especially like the paneer dishes, including paneer tikka masala and paneer palak. The methi roti is another of my favourites. Customers mainly come from the local...

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  • Indian at the Airport

    Somewhat surprisingly one of Salalah's best restaurants and one of the few licensed to sell alcohol, is at Salalah Airport. Woodlands Restaurant serves high quality Indian food as well as draft Heineken and a good range of wines. There are smoking and non-smoking sections. It seems to be particularly popular with Indian businessmen.My impression of...

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Salalah Nightlife

  • The Water-hole

    One of the very few bars available for general public, actually there are many according to the live music available. There are Arabic, African, Indian, Lebanonese, South-Indian and Fillipino bars. That is pretty lot of music and bar-hopping is not very uncommon. Proper shoes required in Arabic bar. Other wise dress casually.

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  • Retro dancing chicks

    Smallish bar with a live band up on stage (consisting of 1 French guy - keyboard/vocals and 3 chicks in skimpy outfits doing vocals/dancing). Watching the girls doing their 70s and 80s dance moves is hilarious. As are the local lads buying garlands of flowers and putting them around the girls necks, and trying to slip them their phone numbers!The...

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Salalah Transportation

  • Bus Transport

    You can get to salalah via Dubai Via Muscat by Bus Transport. From Dubai you can catch a bus to Muscat for as low as US$13 from Deira Dubai ( Behind Dnata - Emirates Building Near Clock Tower Roundabout ). Upon reaching Muscat you can change the bus going towards Salalah. It takes 5 hours from dubai to muscat and then further 10 to 14 hours to...

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  • road trip

    We hired a car from Thrifty for OM 12 per day (OM 2 was for insurance). You get 200km free, after that its 500 baiza per km. All the other companies in town only give 150km free, and some charge up to OM 15 per day for a car.

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  • Salalah the adventurous way

    Best, and quickest option is to fly. Alternatively drive (8 - 9 hours) - only interesting for the first 2 hours and the last 1 hour - through the mountainous sections. The rest is billard table flat! Better still make a trip of it and take a 3 or 4 day 4WD trip from Muscat along the coast. Plenty of food and fuel required.

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  • Al Hafah Souq (Salalah)

    Nestled in the coconut groves on Salalah's south side is a cozy souq in the Al Hafah section of town. Here are textile shops, gold and silver souqs and probably best of all, perfumeries where you can find frankincense, and bokhur that will send your olfactory senses sailing. All the accountrements are available as well-burners and charcoal. There...

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  • Newest, Biggest and Best

    The new Lulu Hypermarket opened in February 2011. It is, by far and away, the best place to do grocery shopping in Salalah. The ground floor is a supermarket with the finest selection of foodstuffs outside Muscat. This is a great place to buy fresh seafood, New Zealand meat and every imaginable type of fruit and veg from snake gourd to dragon...

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  • Supermarket

    Lulu is a large shopping centre. The ground floor is a supermarket and the upper floor sells household goods, including electrical goods and crockery. It was, until 2011, the best supermaket in Salalah but now it has been superceded by the much bigger Lulu hypermarket. If you are looking for a shop close to the airport and city centre which sells...

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Salalah Local Customs

  • Folklore

    The love of music that runs in the blood of Arabs is a unifying factor, which binds them as a nation. In a typical Dhofari folklore presentation, the music is enlivening with the performances of drummers, bagpipers and conch blowers. The male dancers wield swords and impressively take steps as girls sashay and make evocative gestures by waiving...

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  • Salaam

    Salalah has a large friendly muslim population. They mostly greet with people with traditional way " Assalam Alai Kum" which means "peace be upon you" The traditional response is wa alaikum assalam, which means "and on you be peace too. Most of the population live in the hills and mountains and rarely come to the city. Omanis are caring people and...

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  • Job's Tomb

    Females need to wear a top with longish-sleeves, and a headscarf when entering the tomb. You can borrow a headscarf there, if you don't have one.

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Salalah Warnings and Dangers

  • Camels on the road

    There are camels grazing on the roadsides all along the coastal road either side of Salalah. They have absolutely no fear of cars and will wander onto the road without any hesitation. It is cutomary when you see them to put on your hazard warning lights in order to warn oncoming vehicles as well as those behind you that there are camels on the...

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  • Driving: Drive Defensively

    The country is pretty safe. Remember they haven't been drive very long so be care while driving. Make sure that you take some kind of course before you drive on there driving habits. They like to speed and pass when it is not safe. Also they have cows/camels that will just walk right in the middle of the road.

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Salalah What to Pack

  • Swiming Suit

    Shorts, cool clothing, and a lite jacket for the nights it gets down to 50 with the wind blowing Suntan lotion Digitak Camera will work Surf board

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  • the long and short of it

    a daypack to carry all your water! chicks need to bring elbowish length tops for the more remote areas, because they are more conservativetake breatheable clothing, that won't get too uncomfortable when it get sweaty - it will!! take heaps of memory cards/films - it becomes a quest to capture the perfect camel pic chicks (again!) bring...

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Salalah Off The Beaten Path

  • wadi dharbat

    This is a popular picnic site in the khareef season, an impressive waterfall flows almost 300m from the cliff face. Above it water collects in limestone pools ideal for a swim.Look for guinea fowl and rock hyrax (furry relative of the elephant !?!?!).To get there: take turning for Tawi Attair 4km after the Taqa roundabout and climb 3km to the Wadi...

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  • brightly roofed fruit shops

    Visitors to Salalah are quick to spot the brightly roofed fruit shops, uniformly set up near the city’s main streets. The tender coconut water is medicinal and a perfect thirst quencher. The refreshing drink has no parallel, the local residents point out. The fruits that originate from Salalah include papaya, banana, plantain, lemon, avocado,...

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  • Tawi Attir Sinkhole

    Tawi Attir (the hole of the birds), is a natural sink hole over 100 metres wide and 250 metres deep. It is the second deepest sinkhole in the world.As the name implies, Tawi Attir is home to many species of birds that can be seen swooping in and out of the sinkhole during khareef (monsoon) season.Unfortunately we got there just before the start of...

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Salalah Sports & Outdoors

  • Scuba Diving

    Oman has a varied coastline over 1600 km long. There is a wealth of underwater flora, marine life and diving thrills awaiting the underwater explorer. you can rent diving Equipment

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  • Rock Climbing

    Rugged mountains, rising to 3,000 meters, amongst a maze of spurs and wadis, deep canyons and towering cliffs. Getting onto the mountain in a four-wheel drive is easy. For the rock climber, every mountain face presents an enigmatic challenge

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Salalah Favorites

  • Road to Salalah from Dubai

    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. Yet to visit Salalah...!!

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  • Plantations

    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.

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  • Fruit Stalls

    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...

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