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Salalah

 

Not many people make it down to the Dhofar region of Oman and its' capital Salalah.

About 90-minutes flying time from Muscat across the Wahiba Sands, Salalah is popular with Omanis who head south for the rainy season between April and October.

This is the land of spices - frankincense and myrrh. Highlights include the ruins of the former port city of Sumhuram, the picturesque town of Mirbat and the lush coastal range of Jebel Samhan.

The vastness of the Empty Quarter is just over 100 miles away for the adventurous.

 

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Frankincense Trail

Visit the biblical Nabi Ayoub, the Prophet Job’s tomb, which lies high in the Jebel Qara. On the way down, enjoy spectacular views of the plains, mountain landscapes and emerald green pastures (between June and October) and discover the land of frankincense.

Pass Mughsail Beach and up the hairpin bends of the road into the Jebel al Qamar for approximately 25kms, going through a wadi and up to more breathtaking views. This road eventually leads along the coast to the Yemeni border.

En-route, stop at Mughsail Beach and visit the famous blowholes, perforations in the limestone through which seawater gushes during high tide.

On the way back to Salalah see the stark leafless shapes of frankincense trees, which dot the landscape. These were once traded as a commodity more precious than gold and Dhofar frankincense is rated as the best in the world.

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