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Welcome to Salalah


The capital of the southern-most Omani province of Dhofar, Salalah makes for a wonderful contrast to the hot, dry desert conditions that predominate throughout the country's interior. Known as the 'perfume capital of Arabia', Salalah experiences a monsoon season (known as the Khareef Season) between June and September, which sees the surrounding countryside become lush and green - surprising visitors with the sight of herds of cattle calmly grazing in verdant fields. Its relatively cool climate makes Salalah a great family holiday destination in Oman, and it is a great place to buy Omani souvenirs for friends and family back home. Frankincense trees line the roads in Salalah, and it is unsurprising that most visitors to the region leave with an assortment of perfumes safely packed away in their luggage. Notable sights in Salalah include the al-Hisn Souq, a traditional market-place brimming with great things to buy, and the Sultan Qaboos' Palace, a graceful building that commemorates the birthplace of the current Omani leader. Salalah is also home to a gorgeous coastline, offering wonderful bird-watching opportunities. Swimming and diving are also possible, but only in limited areas due to dangerously strong ocean currents.

Information & Facts

The official language of Oman is Arabic, but English is widely spoken. Hotel staff often also speak German and French.

The currency of Oman is the Omani Rial (OMR) divided into 1,000 baisa. Notes come in denominations of 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 rials, and 500, 250, 200 and 100 baiza. Foreign currency and travellers cheques can be exchanged at banks, exchange bureaux, hotels and at the airport. Outside banking hours, moneychangers operate between 4pm and 7pm in the evenings and at weekends. US Dollars are recommended. American Express, MasterCard and Visa credit cards are readily accepted in large shops and hotels and by an increasing number of traders in the souq. Most banks in cities and towns have ATMs.

Local time is GMT +4.
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