The Caribbean is famed for its totally tropical weather and perfect beaches, but sadly it’s about an 18-hour flight from the UAE. If you’re looking for something similar but much closer to home, Salalah is a good alternative. The second-largest city in Dhofar province, it’s situated on the south-east coast of Oman and it’s said that the Sultan prefers to spend time here more than anywhere else in his land. Known as the perfume capital of the country, Salalah is littered with beautiful frankincense trees that grow all over the lush countryside. Thanks to its khareef (monsoon) season, the city is rich with greenery and among its wildlife are dolphins, leopards and hyenas. For an authentic taste of Salalah, you can buy fresh coconuts, bananas and papayas at the roadside, then wander around ancient ruins that date back more than 2,000 years! Temperatures stay fairly consistent throughout the year, and it’ll be cooler and less humid than the UAE during Ramadan, thanks to its vast mountain ranges that help beat the heat.
WHERE TO STAY
Salalah Rotana Resort is a landmark five-star hotel nestled along the shores of the Indian Ocean. The 400-room property elevates the city’s reputation for luxury hospitality and is carved from desert rock, rising out of the water, resembling an oasis with an elaborate network of Venetian-style waterways. World-class luxury infused with Oman’s rich heritage is ever-present in the hotel’s traditional architecture, complemented by contemporary furnishings. It’s THE place to go to feel fully pampered.
INFO: Rooms from Dhs230 per night excluding taxes, Salalah, Oman, +968 2327 5700, rotana.com/oman/salalah/destination