Locals and expatriates are expected to flock to Europe over the five-day Eid Al Fitr break, which begins next Tuesday (July 5) and ends on July 9. According to a number of travel agents based in the capital, 99 per cent of recent enquiries have been for European desitnations such as Germany, France and the United Kingdom.
However, they added that some travellers were also opting for Asian countries, including Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.
Speaking to local press, Riju Thomas, a travel consultant at OUA Travel, said: “Immediately after the announcement [holiday], I made 15 new bookings [to these Asian countries] and made changes to the existing bookings.”
Meanwhile, many residents are also planning a “staycation”, choosing instead to travel to popular destinations within the Sultanate over the holiday period.
Salalah, where the Khareef season has already begun, is proving to be very popular thanks to the cooler temperatures, rain and lush green scenery.
Airline companies are looking at increasing their flights to Salalah this season after a 16 per cent rise in passenger traffic since the beginning of this year.