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A city gifted with a breathtaking sea view that comes along with some of the most thrilling activities, Salalah is situated in the southern part of Oman and is the perfect place to simply get away from it all. The city is located close to the Arabian Sea and hence provides its visitors with the perfect blend of adventure and leisure that they are looking for. This is your chance to experience the ultimate summer time with stunning beaches with scenic views, outdoor thrilling activities such as snorkeling and parasailing while you can also indulge in a relaxation experience by the coconut palm trees. In addition to this, Salalah is rich in maintaining the cultural heritage and historic wonders. Home to archeological museums and historical landmarks, Salalah is a must visit.
Your first stop should be none other than the Al Balid Archaeological Park which is also known as the Frankincense Museum. It is the hub of the ruins of Al Balid which had attracted thousands from across the world. The museum displays the Sumharam and Al Balid ruins while also paying tribute to the Omani maritime history by displaying historical ships.
The Sultan Qaboos Mosque is also one of the most visited attraction of Salalah. The dome structure and the two minarets are beautifully carved in Arabic calligraphy. The interior and the architecture of the mosque is similar to that of the famous Sultan Taimur Bin Faisal Mosque which is located in Muscat.
Another mosque which was built in the year 1779 is known to be one of the oldest mosques in the city. Aqeel Mosque’s interior has been inspired by the Andalusian architecture and is a must see.
Head over to the Al Mughsail Beach which is situated at least 40 kilometers away from the city. This is your chance to relax and spend some quality time with nature and by indulging in some adrenaline rushing activities
The Salalah Museum provides you with the opportunity of going back in the past. The museum is home to Al Musnad writings, artifacts that date back to the 11th century, ancient scriptures and pottery which dates back to the middle ages. If you want to get in touch with nature and all its beauty then make sure you do not miss out on the WadiDarbat. This is a natural park which provides stunning views of waterfalls, caves, green vegetation, lakes and mountains. This is the perfect way to relax amid nature and explore the caves and chambers.
NabiAyoub’s Tomb is also one of the biggest attractions of the city. The walls are beautifully engraved with the verses from the Holy Quran. Another must see attraction of Salalah is the AinHomran which is a natural spring and is an ideal place for bird watching. One can spot different species of bird including eagles.
Salalah Airport is the main international airport serving the city. It is located at a distance of 5.5 kilometers.
There are many ways to get to the city center from the airport. One of them include, taxis which are available just outside the arrivals terminal. Pre-booking of taxis can be done through online booking system. However, a telephone call to the number listed can also suffice. It should also be noted that a private taxi can also be booked for your entire journey at Salalah, making it more comfortable to get around as well.
Public transportation is also common and easily available just outside the airport. These buses are a walking distance from the airport and charge cheap rates as compared to taxis. If you are travelling first class, you will be provided with a door to door chauffeur. One can also book a form of transportation with the hotel that they are staying at. However, this may be more expensive than taking a normal taxi from the airport.
Salalah, being a small city, is easily navigable by foot. Most of the attractions can easily be reached by foot. The city is well equipped with an extensive city transport even though the distances between attractions is short. Local taxis provide cheap transportation for you to get around the city. However, make sure you agree on a rate with the driver before getting in as tourists are usually charged with preposterous rates. Some of the taxis are equipped with meters and charge fixed rates which are difficult to bargain over. Hiring private cars is also a feasible method of getting around. Car rental service firms are available at every corner and provide affordable rates. These firms are also available at the airport.
It should be noted that even though private cars and taxis are available, walking by foot is the most convenient way of getting around.
The average flight time from London to Salalah is 9 hours and 50 minutes.
Some of the air operators providing cheap flights from the UK to Salalah Oman Air and Emirates.
Unfortunately, there are no direct flights available from London to Salalah at the moment.
Salalah has a range of some of the world’s top international hotel chains that provide top notch facilities and amenities. Get ready to be pampered by the excellent staff and 24 hour service. Head towards the East Salalah and experience the very best of luxury rooms and deluxe suites. If you are looking for some pampering then Dahariz has some of the best hotels to offer in terms of facilities which include 24 hour service, free Wi-Fi, outdoor pools, spas and much more.
Al Wadi is home to cheap and affordable hotels and is the best place to get comfort at amazing rates. It should be noted however, that there are affordable hotels located near the airport as well and those that are close to most of the attractions at walkable distance. Auqad and Marina Town are also home to some of the most luxurious bread and breakfasts and relaxing boutique hotels. These hotels provide some of the most breathtakingly stunning views.