Visitors are flocking to Salalah for the cooling Khareef season thanks to high temperatures and Oman’s nine-day Eid Al Fitr holiday break.
According to the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI), 11,482 people visited Salalah, in Dhofar Governerate, until the end of Sunday, June 25.
This is an increase of 117.2 per cent compared with the same period in 2016, the NCSI tweeted today.
For three months every year, Salalah turns into a verdant oasis thanks to the meteorological phenomenon known as Khareef, bringing cooler temperatures and rain from June to September.
During Khareef, or monsoon, temperatures rarely rise above 27 degrees Celsius, providing a much-needed respite to the 40-degree-plus heat experienced in many places around Oman and the GCC as a whole.
This year’s Salalah Tourism Festival began on June 30 and will end on August 31, and will feature new activities and programmes such as a folklore and traditional handicrafts show.
Earlier this year, the NCSI reported that visitors spent RO65.6 million during the Khareef season in 2016, a rise of 30 per cent in 2015, while the total number of visitors jumped by 26.8 per cent to 652,986.