With temperatures hovering around the 40 degree Celcius mark in various parts of the GCC, many people have travelled thousands of kilometres across multiple border crossings to experience Khareef in Salalah.
More than 65,422 tourists were recorded in the Governorate of Dhofar between June 21 and July 10, according to the Khareef Salalah Visitor Enumeration Project, undertaken by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI). The survey was conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Royal Oman Police (ROP).
The survey revealed an increase of 166 per cent in the number of visitors to the region, of which 6,312 visitors came from the UAE. The number of Asian visitors during the period reached 24,254.
The results also show that 76 per cent of visitors came via land and 24 per cent by air. The Khareef Salalah Visitor Enumeration Project 2016 will continue until September 21. The project aims to build an integrated database to identify tourist volume during the Khareef (monsoon) season.