The Governorate of Dhofar is in the far south of the Sultanate and borders on the Wusta Region the east, the Arabian Sea to the south, the Republic of Yemen to the west and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the north and north-west. The Governorate occupies one third of the Sultanate’s area and accommodates about 9.4% of the population. It consists of 10 wilayats with Salalah being the administrative capital, some 1040 km from the City of Muscat.

Wilayats

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.

Tourist Attractions

Samhuram

Mirbat Fort

Taqah Fort

Salalah Museum

Wadi Darbat

Teiq Cave

Khour Al Dahareez

Khour Al Maghseel

Sadah Fort

Al-Baleed Archaeological Park (Land of Frankincense)

Banana Garden direct-management shop

Haffa (Al Husn) Souq

How to get to Governorate of Muscat

–      By buses or coaches belonging to the Oman National Transport Corporation (ONTC). Also, Cars can be hired from Car rental agencies.

–      Flight – Oman Air

Other important information

–      Distance from Muscat to salalah is 1030 km

–      Average drive time  by car is 12 hour’s

–      Average time for flight to salalah is 1 hour

–      Summer the temperature never rises above 30 C.

Hotels in Salalah

 

Hotel name

Telephone

Crowne Plaza Resort

968 23235333

Hilton Salalah

968 23211234

Hamilton Plaza

968 23211025

 

Useful Number 

 

Name 

Telephone

Thumrayt Police Station

968 23279599

Taqah Police Station

968 23258199

Mirbat Police Station

968 23368099

Sadah Police Station

968 23277199

Bahwan Travel

968 23290908

Mark Tours

968 23210499

Dhofar Travel

968 23290641

Gulf Agency Company

968 23290405

Az Zaharah Tours

968 23202582