Salalah city is known as “Land of Frankincense” been the center of the country throughout its long history from the prehistoric era to the present day.
Salalah in the south Dhofar governorate of Oman and popularly known for it’s mystic and beautiful Khareef (Monsoon) season from July to September is a natural marvel that homes centuries-old Frankincense traditions and Arabian customs. The city of Salalah is the second largest city of Oman after Muscat, which similar to the rest of the country owns a versatile landscape of ocean and mountains. There are many amazing destinations in Salalah but in my view, below are the Top Tourist Attractions and places to visit in Salalah:
• Al Baleed Archaeological Park
Al Baleed Archaeological Park is an open air Archaeological site across the Arabian Sea and adjacent to Al Husn Palace and renowned Haffa Souq. This site is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a must place to visit in Salalah. Standard opening hours are from 8am to 8pm with a modest entrance charge per car.
• Husn Souq
Al Husn Souq also known as Al Haffa Souq in Salalah is the main traditional old market similar to the Muttrah Souq in Muscat. The souq is located at the beachfront adjacent to the marvelous Sultan Palace.
• Mughsail Beach
Al Mughsail beach about 40 km from Salalah city center is one of the most popular beaches in Salalah.
• Sumhurum (Khor Rohri)
Sumhurum in the Khor Rohri area of Salalah is around 28 km from and it is an ancient site stuck as old as 2000 years ago. Now, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
• Tawi Atair Sinkhole
Tawi Atair Sinkhole Oman is the most famous sinkhole in the Dhofar (Dofar) governorate. This sink hole is located in Tawi Atair.
• Anti-Gravity Point
Nothing fancy here but surely interesting. The Anti-Gravity point in Salalah near Tawi Atair is a point where cars go uphill at a speed of 40 to 60 km without an acceleration in neutral gear.
• Ad Dahariz Beach
Many tourists termed Salalah as the hidden gem of the Middle East. Most of the tourist destinations in Salalah are far from the main city center but Ad Dahariz beach and undoubtedly one of the most picturesque beaches in Oman lies right in the heart of the city.
• Coconut Market
Salalah is the only region in the country with no dates tree but coconut! Due to the abundance of coconut in the city. Along with coconut, banana, sugarcane juice, and dry fruits are also being sold the coconut street market.
• Taqah Castle
The Taqah Castle is one of the most popular castles in the Dhofar governorate of Oman. It is located in the old city of Taqah, 33 km away from Salalah city center. The castle was initially a residence of the governor of the old city of Taqah, which have now been transformed into a museum.
• Wadi Darbat and the Darbat Waterfalls
Wadi Darbat is a popular spot all year round and is always green. It’s also a hidden gem for animal lovers with camels, goats and donkeys all nearby, and for birdwatchers. Darbat Waterfalls (only it flows during Khareef season) is about 10 minutes away and best reached by 4×4. Once again, due to the climate it is advised to take mosquito repellent.
• Lost City of Ubar
Ubar was a processing and shipping center for frankincense, an aromatic resin grown in the nearby Qara Mountains.
• Wadi Dawkah
Wadi Dawkah is a natural park of famous Frankincense trees, which is also inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. The wadi in Dhofar region of Oman is a stony, semi desert valley, where the density of frankincense trees spreads across 5 square kilometers.
• Al Qara
Jebel Al Qara is a mountain range shaped as a half moon situated north of Salalah of about 100 km and 2500 meters tall. Between June and September, with the arrival of the monsoon winds, tropical rain descends from the clouds (Kharif) turning the area into a green mantle.
• Job’s Tomb
In religious terms, this tomb is probably the most important site in Dhofar. The tomb of Prophet Job, mentioned in the Old Testament and venerated by Muslims, Jews and Christians, is situated on an isolated hilltop overlooking Salalah