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Salalah Highlights

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One of the area’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites (four separate listings grouped together under the label "Land of Frankincense"), Al-Baleed was the Dhofar region’s primary settlement from the 8th to the 16th century. Walk or drive...

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An Nahdah St, Salalah, Oman

The Sultan Qaboos Mosque towers over the city center, welcoming thousands of worshippers for prayers each day since its completion in 2009. Inside, a crystal chandelier hangs from an intricately carved 36-meter (118-foot) dome, and a 20-ton...

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A half-hour drive from Salālah, Al-Mughsail Beach boasts six uninterrupted kilometers (four miles) of white sand, complete with picnic shelters and frankincense trees. Take a dip in the impossibly clear turquoise waters, or watch fisherfolk...

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Wadi Darbat, Oman

Venture 40 kilometers (25 miles) into the Dhofar Mountains for a scenic afternoon at Wadi Darbat. The lusciously green valley features a system of lakes replenished each year by the khareef, or monsoon. After the rains, the landscape dries...

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Sumharam St, Taqah, Oman

The archaeological park of Sumhuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies 40 kilometers (25 miles) to the east of Salālah on a hilltop overlooking Khor Rori, a freshwater creek fed by Wadi Darbat. Hadramite traders from Yemen fortified the...

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Local banana and coconut plantations sell their goods in the stalls lining Sultan Qaboos Street. Grab a seat in the shade and drink fresh coconut water straight from the husk while chatting with the merchants. Omanis pick up their tropical fruits...

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Al Khandaq St, Salalah, Oman

The Dolphin Beach Restaurant at the swanky Crowne Plaza Hotel is the perfect place to sit back and sip a mai tai. Enjoy an intercontinental lunch under breezy coconut palms with stunning Indian Ocean views. Complete your meal by smoking...

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Salalah, Oman

The frankincense trade lives on in the narrow alleys of Al-Husn Souk, also known as the perfume market. Local merchants sell frankincense resin, coals and decorative burners for use at home. Frankincense also pops up here in scents, lotions and...

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Salalah, Oman

Skip the imitation jewelry at Al-Husn Souk and head for Souk Al-Dhahab, or Gold Souk, Salālah’s modest gold market near the city center. True to the name, vendors here specialize in gold creations, but will also work in traditional Omani...