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Salalah

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Best Time: June-August Read More

Ideal duration: 2-3 days

Nearest Airport: Salalah International Airport Check Flights

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Salalah Tourism

Home to the king of Oman, Salalah is a beautiful city with rich culture, history and magnificent beaches! Famous for its Arabian Peninsula and unique climate, Salalah is a beautiful city with lush mountains and greenery that comes alive during the monsoon season. Its stunning beaches offer many snorkelling and diving opportunities. Located on the coast of the Arabian Sea, its cuisine is delicious and savoury, with wonderful seafood choices. 
 

Full of Islam cultures and traditions, the beautiful mosques call its residents to pray with chants that can be heard throughout the city. The rich history and culture of Salalah are evident in its museums, forts, mosques, and souks. Truly a sight to behold, it is unlike any other city in Oman.

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History of Salalah

Salalah is the second-largest city in Oman after Muscat. It is the capital of the Dhofar region, which has always been known for its frankincense. Due to this trade, the economy has done very well. In the 1900s, the city was taken over by the Omani Sultanate. It was the capital of Oman between 1932-1970.

Nightlife in Salalah

There is not much of a nightlife in Salalah. It's more common for the locals to go to coffee shops and chill out with shisha and a cup of coffee rather than go clubbing. However, there are bars in hotels. But tourists can hit the growing nightlife scene in Salalah by hitting the many pubs, live music venues and coffee shops. 

Top bars in Salalah:
  • Holiday Inn Bar
  • Al Mina Restaurant and Bar
  • The Oasis Club
  • Hilton Hotel Bar
  • Crowne Plaza Bar
Dress Code: When visiting the more traditional bars, it is advisable to dress modestly as the place receives a much more local crowd too. 

Shopping in Salalah

The most common souvenirs are tea sets, jewellery, saucers, pitchers and Omani dresses. You can get handmade Omani crafts at the Souks and museums.

Top places for shopping in Salalah:
  • Salalah Grand mall
  • Souk Al Hosn
  • Al Saadah City Mall


Currency in Salalah

All major cards such as MasterCard are accepted. No other currency apart from Omani currency are accepted.

Exchanging Money in Salalah

The best places to exchange money is at the Oman UAE exchange centres. There are many small centres in and around Salalah.

Daily Budget for Salalah

At Salalah, you will probably spend around OMR 30 (USD 77) per day.

Restaurants and Local Food in Salalah

There are many special dishes in Salalah such as the ma'ajeen, kaak bread and khubz lahoot. The Ma'ajeen is basically strips of beef/camel that is salted and then hung to dry and fried after. A must-try for foodies! The kaak bread is more like a cracker than a bread and falvored with cardamom and nigella seeds. It makes for a very good snack and is a Salalah staple. The khubz lahoot is a fried, chewy bread which is often served at the Salalah Festival.

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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: After checking into your hotel, freshen up and head to the eastern region of Salalah for jaw-dropping nature. Visit the Ayn Athum & Ayn Tabrook Waterfalls, the famous Wadi Darbat, Tawi Atair (Sinkhole), then stop for lunch at a local eatery and head to Jabal Samhan Nature Reserve and the Anti-Gravity Point. End the day with a visit to Taqah Castle and the Viewpoint. 

Day 2: Today, you will head to Salalah's western region. Visit the beautiful Ayn Khor Waterfall, Mughsayl town, Fazaya Beach for its clear blue waters and the Haffa Market.

Day 3: For a more peaceful and laidback end to your Salalah visit, you will visit Ittin. Located a short drive from Salalah town, start the tour by visiting Ayn Garziz. Visit the Ittin Viewpoint which is followed by lunch at the famous Ittin Cave Restaurant. In the evening, spend some time shopping at Salalah's souks!

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