Salalah Airport – Oman’s newest – opens in Oman’s southern Dhofar region in time to service the Salalah Tourism Festival. The airport will cater to the two million annual local, regional & international visitors.
Known as the ‘Eden at the edge of the desert’, Salalah is one of Oman’s best kept secrets. The charming and historic coastal city is famed for its mild temperatures, untouched beaches and the finest frankincense in the world.
From June to August the Summer ‘Khareef’ (monsoon) season cools the air and turns the countryside a lush, emerald green – a phenomenon totally unique across all of Arabia – bringing thousands of visitors to the region seeking the lush coolness of this ancient city.
The Salalah Tourism Festival takes place during the Khareef from 23 July to 31 August. The festival attracts local and foreign tourists seeking milder summer weather with average daytime temperatures of only 29 degrees.
“Salalah’s vibrant culture reflects an historical association with Zanzibar – once a colony of Oman. Beautiful hotels, colourful souks, and a stunning natural backdrop make Salalah one of Oman’s favourite cities for travellers”, says Sultanate of Oman Tourism Country Manager Australia & New Zealand, Mona Tannous.
“Tourism infrastructure development in Oman continues to surprise and delight visitors looking to explore the country beyond the traditionally popular places within easy reach of Muscat. We are thrilled about this brand new airport from where visitors will discover a treasured corner of Oman. Facing south over the Arabian sea, well known hotel chains such as Alila, Anantara, Club Med and several others have earmarked their slice of heaven in this southern region”, concluded Ms Tannous.
Oman Air operates eight services a day between Muscat and Salalah, increasing to 13 a day during the Khareef season. There are also daily, direct Oman Air services to/from neighbouring Dubai.
Qatar Airways flies directly from Doha to Salalah daily which can be booked as part of the affordable oneworld Visit Middle East airpass.