Salalah / Oman

Salalah / Oman


In the southwest of the Sultanate of Oman, at the foot of the Dhofar Mountains, lies Salalah, the country's second largest city. Their population is given as 294.000 (as of 2020). Years ago, tourist guides spoke of 300.000 people living in the region. Salalah and Muscat separate 870 kilometers as the crow flies.

Salalah/Oman ahead

Salalah/Oman ahead


Salalah is significantly different from Muscat, Abu Dhabi or Dubai, the trendiest cruise destinations on the Arabian Peninsula. Salalah is a port and industrial city. At first glance, the city looks very spacious; Steppe-like open spaces lie between the residential and commercial areas. In contrast to the aforementioned metropolises, the houses have few storeys; the construction is predominantly down-to-earth.

Center of Salalah


Center of Salalah


New buildings in the center of Salalah


New buildings in the center of Salalah 


Salalah's story in a nutshell

Salalah's city history goes back a long way. Historically, Salalah played an important role as a trading center for frankincense and silk for several centuries before and after the turn of the century. The trade routes to ancient Rome, Egypt, India, Persia and the African continent converged in Salalah. Well-known ports at that time were Al-Bealeed and the port of Khor Rori east of Salalah. The two historic ports are now part of the UNESCO World Heritage.

The economic region of Salalah

For centuries, the region was characterized by agriculture and fishing. In order to advance the economically weak region, the city was declared a free trade zone. The logistical prerequisites for the settlement of companies in the basic industry are in place. Salalah has an international airport and - since 1998 - a deep-water seaport for container and oil handling. On an annual average, more than 3.000 ships call at the port. There are no railway connections; heavy traffic uses the road.

Salalah Airport


Salalah Airport


Salalah - heavy traffic


Salalah - heavy traffic


Salalah is not just a port and industrial location. In a striking green zone, visitors will find banana, coconut and sugar cane plantations. And – last but not least – incense is still made from tree resin today.

Salalah - industrial complex


Salalah - industrial complex


Coconut plantations in Salalah


Coconut plantations in Salalah 


While the people of Oman generally have to put up with a hot and humid climate with variable high temperatures and extremely little rainfall throughout the year, Salalah enjoys the advantages of the Khareef (Charif) between June and the end of August. During this time, the light monsoon rain causes green growth in the surrounding, consistently barren mountain country within a very short time.

Salalah - green hinterland

Salalah - green hinterland


Tourists come to Salalah for beautiful beaches and good diving spots. There are several beach resorts run by well-known hotel groups between the port and the city. In the direction of Yemen, Mughsail Beach lures with the "blowholes".

Salalah - Coastline of Mughsail


Salalah - Coastline of Mughsail


Salalah - Blowhole in Mughsail


Salalah - Blowhole in Mughsail 


Salalah for cruise ship guests

Cruise ships dock in the industrial port. The unattractive port of Salalah is about 20 kilometers from the "centre". Cruises with the destination Salalah often take place as part of world or trans travel. Fewer than 2020 ships are reported in Salalah for 20. The region is capable of development as a cruise destination.

Salalah - center

Salalah - center


What cruise ship guests can see and do in Salalah is described below Salalah attractions.

Update February 2022

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