Wadi Darbat

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Country rank: 9 out of 14 Places To Visit In Oman

Sub-Region: Middle East


Ideal duration: 1 day

Best time: Khareef (Monsoon Season June end - August end) (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Salalah (Check Flights)


"The Beautiful Wadi Darbat! "

Wadi Darbat Tourism

A beautiful scenic spot for for all nature lovers!

Wadi Darbat is located in the governoate of Dhofar with picturesque hills surrounding it and a beautiful waterfall. Wadi Darbat is a splendid lush green valley with a river running through the middle. The surrounding hills have small caves which people can hike up to. It's the perfect spot for a little family picnic, or a friendly gathering. During the Khareef (monsoon season), the wadi is packed with locals and tourists that have come to enjoy the scenery. There are many small stalls and restaurants at the valley selling street food like shawarmas, pop corn and ice cream.

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Sue to the muslim culture, as a sign of respect, tourists should wear clothing which cover shoulders and knees. Tipping is not a must in Oman as it is not a common practice at all. If you want, you could round up to the next rial. Another common custom to keep in mind in Oman is to use your right hand when eating and drinking as the left hand is seen as unclean.

Arabic is the national language of Oman, but you can get around the country with English. However, the locals always appreciate when foreigners try so here are a couple words: Marhaban (hello), Sabah Alkhyr (Good morning), Shukran (Thank you) Another phrase you will hear frequently is "As-salaam 'alaykum" which translates to "Peace be upon you". This is a very common greeting in Arabic.

The caves around the Wadi were used by the King's forces, together with the British forces to penetrate regions of communist rebels in the 1970s.

There is no nightlife at Wadi Darbat as it is just a small valley. Moreover, due to the Islamic religion, it is not common to consume alcohol in public places so alcohol is not served at the Wadi. However, most 4 and 5 star hotels have a license to sell alcohol and therefore have bars. You can go to the bars at the Hilton as well as the Salalah Rotana Resort.

There are no shopping places at Wadi Darbat. If you wish to go shopping, there are many malls in Salalah and the souq too. A major souvenir in Oman are handcrafted silver daggers. They are seen in most houses of locals around the country.

All major debit and credit cards are accepted. No other currency apart from Omani currency are accepted.

The best places to exchange money is at the Oman UAE exchange centers. You could exchange money at the airports in Muscat or Salalah. Alternatively, you can find your own OMAN UAE Exchange centers around the cities. There are many small centers in and around Salalah.

At Wadi Darbat, you will probably spend around OMR 200 per day.

The Islam religion is actively practiced here. Most women in the region wear hijabs and abayas. Men also wear the traditional dishdasha, which a white floor length gown with long sleeves. There are many mosques around from which you will hear prayers throughout the day. During Ramadan, almost all locals fast and later celebrate Eid.

In the Dhofar region, the most popular local dishes are the halwa and shawarma. Halwa is a staple Omani dessert, which is especially popular during Ramadan. It is a sticky sweet made out of gelatin, nuts, rose water and sometimes saffron. It is usually eaten with Kahwa (Omani coffee). A popular street food you will see at Wadi Darbat are the shawarmas. Shawarmas are seasoned meet which is mrinated with herbs and spirces, cut into pieces and served inside a wrap. It is normally eaten with crispy fries and garlic paste. The most famous and delicious shawarmas are lamb shawarmas. Other than shawarmas, Wadi Darbat has stalls that sell sweet corn, fruits and pop corn.

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To reach Wadi Darbat, you can fly into the Salalah International Airport. Wadi Darbat is a one hour drive away from the airport. (Read More)

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