When it comes to attractions, Dhofar is the site of Prophet Ayoub's Grave nestled deep in the mountains, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Land of Frankincense.
The southernmost region of Oman is Dhofar, home to some of the country's diverse attractions and stunning landscaped. It's also where the city of Salalah is found, with Oman Air operating a daily flight into Salalah's Airport from Muscat. What really sets this area aside from the rest of the Arabian Peninsula is lush greenery that you can see pictured, alongside rose gardens, tropical fruits and the World's best Frankincense trees, leaving a lovely fragrance in the air.
This greenery is due to the monsoon season that is ushered in during the summer months, when most of the Arabian Peninsula experiences soaring temperatures. Resulting in cooling rains and pleasant temperatures, this makes Dhofar the 'Summer getaway' for many of the locals in this area of the World. Locally known as Khareef, this special season starts from late June to late September and coincides with the Salalah Tourism Festival, which is held every year.
Due to the alternative climate, there are a number of lagoons in Salalah, which are home to a large number of flamingos. The Museum of the Land of Frankincense is a museum in Salalah, Dhofar Governorate, Oman, based on frankincense, in association with the Al-Baleed Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sultan Qaboos Mosque - monumental a 21st century mosque.
Apart from the wonderful dishes served in your hotel Enjoy a real taste of Salalah on a tantalizing half day tour and discover the city's impressive culinary credentials. Authentic dinner with an Omani family - Book a lifetime experience of an Omani hospitality and enjoy an authentic local traditional dinner with Omani family.
The countryside east of Salalah is sprinkled with historical and scenic highlights. A full-day private tour lets you discover them without having to hire a cab of self-drive car, and with a driver-guide to explain their history and secrets. Among others, visit Taqah Castle and Wadi Darbat, and explore Sumhuram's ruins, once a home of the Queen of Sheba. Choose the earliest departure to see the sites at their quietest. On a privately arranged trip you will explore the most fascinating natural sites in Dhofar mountains. You will be astonished by the green nature of Wadi Darbat where you can see cascades, huge waterfall and also camel herds crossing the azure waters of Darbat river. Then you will proceed higher to the Jabal Qara mountains to reach the impressive Tawi Attair (Well of Birds) sinkhole. Over the rim of the abyss you can look down to the depth of 211 metres. Next stop on the route will be the huge canyon-like sinkhole Tayq which is one of the largest sinkholes in the world. Afterwards you will arrive to the stunning viewpoint on the edge of Samhan mountains escarpment. From the elevation of 1340m you will have the oppotyunityy to view the vast Dhofar plain and the sea coast. Last stop will take you to the picturesque Hinae valley where you can admire the forest of giant baobab trees.
The southern coast, close to the Hallaniyat Islands, is ideal for deep sea diving and snorkelling, just some of the more adventurous activities.