THE best time to visit Salalah City, Oman’s second largest city, is now till September, when the city enjoys cold weather due to the Kharif winds of the southwest monsoon.
During this time the city, located 1,000km from the capital Muscat, is at its most beautiful with lush greenery, bright flowers and gushing waterfalls. The area is naturally beautiful, set against mountains and abundant frankincense trees lining mountainous courses.
During the Kharif season, hundreds of thousands of visitors enter the city, known as the perfume capital of Arabia. However, they have more reasons to do so next month as the city is holding the Salalah Tourism Festival at its Lake Amphitheatre.
The month-long festival includes activities such as folk music, traditional games and art shows as well as poetry readings. Other highlights are children’s contests, seminars and awareness campaigns and folk sports.
Among the attractions at this popular tourist destination are Job’s Tomb, Frankincense Land Archaeological Park, Taqa, Wadi Darbat, Mirbat and Khor Rori. The Land Of Frankincense was declared a World Heritage Site in 2002.
Oman Air flies seven times a week between Muscat and Kuala Lumpur.
Details at www.omanair.com.