What to See

 

Al Baleed Archaeological Park

One of the most significant ports along the Arabian Sea, the ruins of this ancient city are a treasure to behold. Believed to date back to 2000 B.C., this former fortified settlement and UNESCO World Heritage Site used to be a thriving commercial hub, sending shipments of Frankincense as far away as China and Rome. The on-site Museum of Frankincense, which can be visited independently, showcases the maritime history of Dhofar and Oman.

 

Mughsayl Bay

Just 40km west of Salalah lies Mughsayl Bay, perfect for birdwatching or picnicking on picturesque Maghsayl Beach. At the end of the beach, where the soft sands meet sharp cliff edges, blowholes gush water high into the sky during Khareef season. Nearby Marnif Cave has been equipped with visitor-friendly facilities.

 

Salalah City

Referred to as “The Jewel of the Arabian Sea”, Salalah is both the capital of the Dhofar region and the historic heart of the frankincense trade. Nestled in between mountains, sea and fruit plantations, the city is home to countless attractions, including the Salalah Museum, Dhariz Beach and Sultan Qaboos Mosque. Not to be missed are Al Husn Souq, famous for its traditional handicrafts, and Al Hafah Souq – the best place to purchase frankincense in the entire Sultanate.

 

Umran’s Grave

Directly located next to the Lulu Shopping Centre, in downtown Salalah, this tomb has a sarcophagus of over 30 metres and a small garden housing peacocks and other exotic birds. Not far from Prophet Umran’s final resting place are the footprints of Prophet Saleh’s camel and old blood spots – known locally as Dahkah.

 

Prophet Ayoub’s Grave

Set on Jabal Qara, with scenic views of Salalah and its surroundings, the tomb of Prophet Ayoub is a popular attraction. It is said that the prophet left a footprint just outside the tomb building, after being commanded to strike the ground for a spring to appear.


 

Wadi Darbat

Originating in the mountains and carving its way through the highlands until it reaches the coast and Khawr Ruri, this wadi’s water cascades down from up to 30m waterfalls during monsoon (or Khareef) season. Visitors can enjoy a boatride on Lake Darbat, explore caves or simply make the most of the foggy, yet lush green, autumn scenery.

 

Khawr Ruri & Samharam

This, the largest nature reserve in Dhofar, is not only a haven for many flora and fauna, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Khawr Ruri port – better known as Samharam Port – is set to date back to pre-historic times, often mentioned in ancient Greek and Arabic parchments. Today, a large area of ruins stands testament to what was once a central gateway for exporting frankincense to the world, the history of which is showcased at the on-site museum.

 

Jabal Samhan Nature Reserve

Samhan Mountain reaches up to 2100 metres in height and is one of the most important nature reserves on the Arabian Peninsula. Punctuated by deep gorges, the mountain is home to a number of wildlife, from the Nubian Ibex, the Striped Hyena to the Arabian Wolf and Arabian Leopard. The latter is one of the rarest animals to spot in the wild. 

 

The Lost City of Ubar

Tucked away at the edge of the Rub’ al Khali, near the village of Shisr, lies the legendary city of Ubar. Mentioned in the Holy Quran and Arabian Nights, Ubar was once considered the Atlantis of Arabia. Its ruins lay undiscovered for centuries, before being uncovered in 1991 through satellite images of the region. A visit to this historic landmark is sure to give goosebumps.

 

 Khawr Taqah & Taqah Fort

Undoubtedly one of the best places for bird watching in the region, the lagoon of Khawr Taqah is just west of Taqah. Taqah itself is home to Taqah Fort, a beautifully restored example of how people used to live in the area. It is located right in the centre of the settlement, just off the main road between Salalah and Mirbat.

 

Teeq Cave & Tawi Ateer Sinkhole

Heading steeply up into the mountains, past Baobab Grove and Mirbat’s famous Anti-Gravity Point, is the Tawi Ateer Sinkhole - one largest in the world. Known locally as “Bird Well”, the sinkhole was only discovered in 1997 and has a depth of 211 metres. Teeq Cave is near the top of the sinkhole and has no less than six entrances. The path there offers panoramic views of the sinkhole and its waterfalls during Khareef.

 

Hasik

The village of Hasik, 250km from Salalah, has an ancient, abandoned village part and a naturally sheltered harbor, used in ancient times for the export of frankincense and today for fishing. The surrounding coastline is marked by breathtaking steep limestone cliff formations.

 

Wadi Seenaq & Dahnat

A refuge for nesting turtles and migrant birds, Wadi Seenaq has khawr, or lagoon, surrounded by marine plants. Khawr Ahreez and Wadi Rabkut are not far from here. Wadi Dahnat, with its ancient stone ruins along its banks, was once a prosperous settlement. 

 

Dalkoot village & surroundings

About 160km west of Salalah, along the shores of the Arabian Sea, Dalkoot has some of Dhofar’s most scenic villages and sceneries – especially during Khareef season. Nestled between mountains, beaches and rocky shores, the area is perfect for relaxation. Hiroum Dheeri, or “The tree from far away”, is a natural symbol of the wilayat’s natural landscapes and cannot be overlooked circa 3 kilometres from Dalkoot town centre. 

 

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