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Dhofar

Breath-taking Beaches 

Although Dhofar lies over 1,000 kilometers from the capital city of Muscat, planning a trip is easy with daily flights between Muscat and Salalah and direct connections from other Arab Gulf states. Those with some spare time may also opt to drive the coastal road to Salalah, traversing through Al Wusta and seeing some of Oman’s most remote yet breath-taking beaches.

Oman’s southernmost region is host to many unique attractions including Prophet Ayoub’s Grave nestled deep in the mountains, the blowholes of Mughsayl and the Land of Frankincense – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Deep sea diving and snorkelling off the coast of the Hallaniyat Islands are just some of the more adventurous activities available through local tour operators.

In the summer months, when most of the Arabian Peninsula experiences soaring temperatures, Dhofar ushers in the monsoon season, bringing with it lush greenery, cooling rains and pleasant temperatures. Locally known as Khareef, this special season starts from late June to early September and coincides with the Salalah Tourism Festival, which is held every year.

Things to Do and Places to See in Dhofar

Interested in a particular type of holiday experience? there is so much to do in Oman that you will want to keep coming back. Here are just a few of the possibilities to help make your next visit to Oman perfect.

Wadi Dawkah Reserve

Wadi Dawkah is the natural habitat for the Boswellia sacra – or Frankincense tree which can be seen populating an area of some five square kilometres. As part of the Land of Frankincense UNESCO World Heritage Site, there are specially designated viewing areas for visitors.

Wadi Snaiq & Dahnat

Wadi Dahnat boasts ancient stone ruins, indicating that this was once part of a prosperous settlement. Nearby Wadi Seenaq has its own khawr (lagoon).

Al Fiziyah Beach

Located west of Salalah, past Mughsayl Beach, a hairpin road leads to the stunning white sand of Fizayah Beach.

Mountains 

Mountains take up a large part of Oman’s landscape, varying greatly in appearance vegetation. Often times they feature stunning wadis, cut into the mountains through time and crossable only by 4×4.

Geology 

Looking back on a geological history spanning across millions of years, Oman is one of the few places that carries its unique geological heritage on the open. Attractions such as Jebel Shams, or the Ophiolite rocks surrounding Muttrah Corniche, were once at the bottom of the ocean.

Jabal Samhan Nature Reserve

  A special permission is required to visit the Jabal Sambam Nature Reserve, which is home to some of the last wild Arabian Leopards and other raru species such as the Arabian Wolf and t Striped Hyena. The road leading to the reserve, however, is rewarding on its own right, passing large anaht and traditional Jetal sattlements to Jubel Samhurn’s breath-taking escarpment.

Teeq Cave & Tawi Ateer Sinkhole 

En route to the top of Jebel Samhan Taw Atear is one of the world’s largest sinkholes. It is filled with shrubs and birds, turning it into a haven for birds which earned it the nickname “Ed Well From the entrance of the nearby Teen Cave visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the sinkhole and it waterfalls from the cave’s entrance

Wildlife Watching

If you have ever witnessed endangered Green Turtle babies hatch and try to make their way to the water, you will know what a special experience it is. Oman remains dedicated to enabling these kind of wildlife encounters while protecting the animals.

Jarzeez Spring

Nestled in a deep forest of trees, Jarzeez Spring is especially popular during Khareat monsoon season when the sumounding teen Plain tums into one of the grant as of

Ubar Lost City

This fabled lost city, also known as the Atlantis of the Sands, is tucked away in the Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter) and rumoured to have been found near the oasis of Shisr. Ubar once played a vital role as frankincense trade hub and was mentioned in “A Thousand and One Nights” -a collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian stories and folk tales.