Upcoming Performances | Royal Opera House Muscat Open
Top Ad
Close Upcoming Performances | Royal Opera House Muscat
Destinations   
Governorate of Muscat
Governorate of Dhofar
Governorate of Musandam
Governorate of Al Buraimi
Al Batinah Governorate
Al Dakhiliyah Governorate
Al Sharqiyah Governorate
Al Dhahira Governorate
Al Wusta Governorate
 
 Governorate of Dhofar

 

 

The Governorate of Dhofar is in the far south of the Sultanate and borders on the Wusta Region the east, the Arabian Sea to the south, the Republic of Yemen to the west and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the north and north-west. The Governorate occupies one third of the Sultanate’s area and accommodates about 9.4% of the population. It consists of 10 wilayats with Salalah being the administrative capital, some 1040 km from the City of Muscat.

 

Wilayats

 

 

Wilayat Salalah

 

Salalah, the capital of Dhofar, encapsulates the governorate's glorious past and present day splendor. The Wilayat of Salalah is on the Sultanate's southern coast 1,040 Kilometers from the Governorate of Muscat. It has several residential quarters including al Hisn, al Baz, Salalah al Jadidah, al Hafah, al Dahareez, al Sadah, al Awqadain, al Qardh and Raysut.

 

Wilayat Thumrayt

 

In ancient times the deserts of the Wilayat of Thumrayt played a role in the frankincense trade, which produced the civilization of al Shisr/Wubar with its columns and domes. Today it is an archaeological site.


The Wilayat of Thumrayt is the gateway to the Governorate of Dhofar.It borders on the wilayats of Salalah to the south, Shaleem and the Hallaniyat Islands to the east and Muqshin to the north. Thumrayt has five niyabats - Madhiy, al Shisr, Halouf wa Masheelah, Barbazoum and Dhahboun. Madhiy, 80 Kilometres from the centre of the wilayat on the edge of the northern Dhofar uplands, is a desert area with date palms and late Iron Age burial grounds with triliths.

 

Wilayat Taqah

 

The Wilayat of Taqah is always mentioned in connection with Khor Rori - the site of the historic city of Sumhuram which flourished in ancient times. Taqah lies on the Governorate of Dhofar's coastal strip between the wilayats of Salalah and Mirbat and is 30 Kilometres from the city of Salalah. It has two niyabats - Madinat al Haqq and Jibjat. The Wilayat of Taqah's other tourist attractions include its silver beaches, its three springs at Darbat, Tubruq and Athum, its caves and its khors. Sardine fishing is one of the most common occupations in the wilayat. Sardines are caught in vast quantities during the season, then dried and used as animal fodder.

 

Wilayat Mirbat: The Wilayat of Mirbat is in the eastern part of the Governorate of Dhofar. It borders on the Wilayat of Sadah to the east, the Wilayat of Taqah to the west, Jabal Samhan to the north and the Arabian Sea to the south. It is 75 Kilometres from the city of Salalah.

 

Wilayat Sadah

 

 If they visit Sadah at the right time of year, visitors will have the chance to taste fresh abalone and lobsters straight out of the sea.

This beautiful seaside wilayat with villages scattered along its shores is east of Mirbat and 135 Kilometres from the city of Salalah. It has numerous ancient buildings and its restored fort, which is at the eastern end of the chain of old fortifications along the Dhofari coast, is now a museum which contains various household utensils from earlier times.

 

Wilayat Rakhyut

 

In ancient times the Wilayat of Rakhyut was a centre of the frankincense trade with a busy harbour which used to export frankincense, livestock and animal products.

Rakhyut is an attractive seaside town beneath the slopes of Jabal al Qamar near the heights of Ambaruf. It is 145 Kilometres west of Salalah and borders on the wilayats of Salalah to the east and Dalkut to the west.

Historically, Rakhyut has been famous for frankincense, animal husbandry and fishing, while today its lovely beaches and lagoons ensure that it offers captivating views at any time of the year. Its niyabat of Shahb As'eeb is 15 Kilometres from the centre of the wilayat and becomes an expanse of emerald green during the khareef season.

 

Wilayat Dalkut

 

The road to the Wilayat of Dalkut passes over mountains and through wadis with green trees which are particularly lush and fragrant during the summer - or khareef'- season. Lying along the shores of the Arabian Sea, Dalkut is one of Oman's most beautiful wilayats - a stunning combination of mountains and beaches with a modern town and tranquil villages.

Dalkut is 160 Kilometres west of Salalah. To reach it, you drive to al Mughsail, then up the steep winding Aqeeshan road to the Niyabat of Shahb As'eeb in the Wilayat of Rakhyut and from there to Wadi Seeq and Dalkut. The seas off Dalkut's rocky shore are full of fish and crustaceans.

 

Tourist Attractions

 

Samhuram

Mirbat Fort

Taqah Fort

Salalah Museum

Wadi Darbat

Teiq Cave

Khour Al Dahareez

Khour Al Maghseel

Sadah Fort

Al-Baleed Archaeological Park

Banana Garden

Haffa (Al Husn) Souq

 

 


How to get to Salalah

 

 

  • By buses or coaches belonging to the Mwasalat . Also, Cars can be hired from Car rental agencies.

 

 

 

Other important information

 

 

  • Distance from Muscat to salalah is 1030 km

 

  • Average drive time  by car is 12 hour’s

 

  • Average time for flight to salalah is 1 hour

 

  • Summer the temperature never rises above 30 C.

 

Where to Stay

 

 

No

Name

Tel

Fax

1

Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah

23238000

23235137

2

Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara  

23228222

Nil

3

Hilton Salalah Hotel

23211234

23210084

4

Salalah Rotana Resort

23275700

23275701

5

Haffa House Hotel

23295444

23294873

6

Hamdan Plaza Hotel

23211025

23211187

7

Salalah Marriott Resort 

22375500

23268271

8

Samahrem Village Apartment

23211420

23211267

9

Dhofar Hotel

23290484

23294358

10

Salalah Hotel

23295626

23292145

11

Al Hana Hotel

23290274

23291005

12

AL Jabal Hotel

23210611

23210191

13

Youth Hostel - Areen Sahnoot

23234810

23234855

14

Darbat Hotel

23295877

23289281

15

Abraj Hotel Apartment

23295009

23299958

16

Al Nasir Hotel

23294815

23294816

17

Al Hana Hotel Ateen

23211697

23291005

18

Al Mazyuna Hotel

9293500

Nil

19

Bamseer Hotel

23202556

23202093

20

Thamrit Hotel

23279371

23279373

21

As Saada Hotel Apartment

23225250

23225251

22

Beach Resort for Hotel Apartment

23235999

23235599

23

Qatbit Guest House

23212760

23212769

24

Dar As Saada Hotel Apartment

23225065

23225065

25

Nile Hotel

23225804

23225805

26

Bait Al hana for Hotel Apart.

23291005

23291894

27

Gulf Complex hostel

23292686

23299927

28

As Saada Plaza Hotel Apartment

23225451

23225468

 

Useful Number

 

Name 

Telephone

Thumrayt Police Station

23279599

Taqah Police Station

23258199

Mirbat Police Station

23368099

Sadah Police Station

23277199

Bahwan Travel

23290908

Mark Tours

23210499

Dhofar Travel

23290641

Gulf Agency Company

23290405

Az Zaharah Tours

23202582

 

 

Don’t miss

 

 

  Salalah Tourism Festival takes place from 15 July to 31 August every year.

 

  The festival is part of Khareef (monsoon) that extends from the end of July until September.

 

 

 

 

Copyright © 2014. Oman Visitors, all rights reserved.