Salalah is the vibrant and colourful capital city of Oman’s Dhofar region. Most famous for its annual monsoon festivities, Frankincense, temperate climate and the enchanting hazy mist that clings to its mountains, Salalah has proven itself to be a must-see destination for vibrant culture, rich history and incredible landscapes time and time again…
AT A GLANCE
If you’re anything like us when you think of Arabia, vast deserts and sun scorched lands come to mind, and, to be fair, these images are true of Salalah for part of the year. However, this is a unique part of Oman that sees itself transformed by an annual monsoon from an arid desert into a lush and tropical carpet of greenery, one so vibrant and luscious you certainly wouldn’t expect to find the likes of it amongst the dry lands of its neighbours. A place of stunning beauty and one that still retains the charm of feeling relatively undiscovered; Black Tomato welcomes you to Salalah.
WHAT TO SEE
Head to Mughsayl Beach at high tide to catch the spectacular sight of water swelling into and jetting out of the beach’s famous ‘blow holes’. Even if you don’t make it for high tide, the beautiful expanse of white sands and azure waters make a trip to this beach at any time of day worth it.
Don’t miss the chance to head up to the purported tomb of the Old Testament Prophet Job. An important religious site for many, the position of the tomb high amongst the Jabal mountains means there’s incredible photo opportunities and views over Salalah.
Finally, be sure to have a go at haggling in the Al Hafa Souq, Salalah’s Old Town market. With so much on offer, a walk around one of these souqs is an experience you won’t forget. Try your hand at a bit of hard bargaining for some of the area’s precious Frankincense or the lovingly made local handicrafts and take away a little piece of Salalah to keep.
WHY WE LOVE IT
We bet you’ve never heard the term ‘Tropical Arabia’ before, and neither had we until we discovered Salalah and then we just had to coin it. There’s nothing more refreshing after suffering the heat of the Arabian summer than arriving in the refreshing climate of Salalah and adjusting your eyes to the verdant green hues that dominate the landscape. A true oasis. What’s more, Salalah lays claim to an abundance of marine life, so you could be in with the chance of spotting anything from humpback whales and leopard sharks to false killer whales and manta rays. Oh go on then…