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Dhofar Governorate is famous for its seasonal weather, locally known as monsoon or “Khareef” , when it witnesses its best period, clothed in lush greenery and its hills surrounded by white fog. Light rains drizzle to cool the air. During this time, it is frequented by many visitors, especially from within Oman and the neighbouring countries. Salalah Tourism Festival takes place from 15 July to 31 August every year. The festival is part of Khareef(monsoon) that extends from the end of July until the beginning of September.

Dhofar Governorate stretches over an area of one third of Oman and forms the Sultanate’s southern part. Dhofar includes a distinctive natural diversity where the coast blends with the mountains and the desert in wonderful harmony so that the mountains look like a fertile crescent, rising to a height of 1,500 metres and then descending into a flat plain that embraces sandy beaches stretching for hundreds of kilometres.

One can imagine the magnificence of this province when most parts of the Arabian Peninsula witness a rise in temperatures of up to 45 degrees Celsius in summer. But, in Salalah, the capital of Dhofar that lies 1,040 kilometres away from Muscat, temperatures never rise above 27 degrees Celsius. There are daily flights between Muscat and Salalah, as well as other Arab Gulf states.

Dhofar Governorate Wilayat are: Salalah, Taqah, Mirbat, Sadah, Shalim and Halaniyat Islands, Dalkoot, Rakhyut, Thamrit, Mokshin, Al Mazuna.

 

Wilayat Salalah

Salalah, the capital of Dhofar, encapsulates the governorate's glorious past and present day splendor. The Wilayat of Salalah is on the Sultanate's southern coast 1,040 Kilometers from the Governorate of Muscat. It has several residential quarters including al Hisn, al Baz, Salalah al Jadidah, al Hafah, al Dahareez, al Sadah, al Awqadain, al Qardh and Raysut.

 

Wilayat Thumrayt

In ancient times the deserts of the Wilayat of Thumrayt played a role in the frankincense trade, which produced the civilization of al Shisr/Wubar with its columns and domes. Today it is an archaeological site.

The Wilayat of Thumrayt is the gateway to the Governorate of Dhofar.It borders on the wilayats of Salalah to the south, Shaleem and the Hallaniyat Islands to the east and Muqshin to the north. Thumrayt has five niyabats - Madhiy, al Shisr, Halouf wa Masheelah, Barbazoum and Dhahboun. Madhiy, 80 Kilometres from the centre of the wilayat on the edge of the northern Dhofar uplands, is a desert area with date palms and late Iron Age burial grounds with triliths.

 

Wilayat Taqah

The Wilayat of Taqah is always mentioned in connection with Khor Rori - the site of the historic city of Sumhuram which flourished in ancient times. Taqah lies on the Governorate of Dhofar's coastal strip between the wilayats of Salalah and Mirbat and is 30 Kilometres from the city of Salalah. It has two niyabats - Madinat al Haqq and Jibjat. The Wilayat of Taqah's other tourist attractions include its silver beaches, its three springs at Darbat, Tubruq and Athum, its caves and its khors. Sardine fishing is one of the most common occupations in the wilayat. Sardines are caught in vast quantities during the season, then dried and used as animal fodder.

Wilayat Mirbat: The Wilayat of Mirbat is in the eastern part of the Governorate of Dhofar. It borders on the Wilayat of Sadah to the east, the Wilayat of Taqah to the west, Jabal Samhan to the north and the Arabian Sea to the south. It is 75 Kilometres from the city of Salalah.

 

Wilayat Sadah

 If they visit Sadah at the right time of year, visitors will have the chance to taste fresh abalone and lobsters straight out of the sea.

This beautiful seaside wilayat with villages scattered along its shores is east of Mirbat and 135 Kilometres from the city of Salalah. It has numerous ancient buildings and its restored fort, which is at the eastern end of the chain of old fortifications along the Dhofari coast, is now a museum which contains various household utensils from earlier times.

 

Wilayat Rakhyut

In ancient times the Wilayat of Rakhyut was a centre of the frankincense trade with a busy harbour which used to export frankincense, livestock and animal products.

Rakhyut is an attractive seaside town beneath the slopes of Jabal al Qamar near the heights of Ambaruf. It is 145 Kilometres west of Salalah and borders on the wilayats of Salalah to the east and Dalkut to the west.

Historically, Rakhyut has been famous for frankincense, animal husbandry and fishing, while today its lovely beaches and lagoons ensure that it offers captivating views at any time of the year. Its niyabat of Shahb As'eeb is 15 Kilometres from the centre of the wilayat and becomes an expanse of emerald green during the khareef season.

 

Wilayat Dalkut

The road to the Wilayat of Dalkut passes over mountains and through wadis with green trees which are particularly lush and fragrant during the summer - or khareef'- season. Lying along the shores of the Arabian Sea, Dalkut is one of Oman's most beautiful wilayats - a stunning combination of mountains and beaches with a modern town and tranquil villages.

Dalkut is 160 Kilometres west of Salalah. To reach it, you drive to al Mughsail, then up the steep winding Aqeeshan road to the Niyabat of Shahb As'eeb in the Wilayat of Rakhyut and from there to Wadi Seeq and Dalkut. The seas off Dalkut's rocky shore are full of fish and crustaceans.

 

 
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