The nine-day Eid Al Fitr holiday break across Oman has proven to be a boon for Salalah, with visitor numbers skyrocketing for the beginning of the Khareef season.
Salalah turns into a verdant oasis thanks to the meteorological phenomenon known as Khareef, bringing cooler temperatures and rain from June to September.
Thanks to the nine-day break over Eid, Oman’s Ministry of Tourism announced today that the number of visitors had jumped to 27,654 until the end of Thursday, June 29, up from 10,604 during the same period last year.
Today’s weather forecast for Salalah is a mild 28 degrees, with rain expected later in the day. In contrast, Muscat today is facing a very hot 41 degrees.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Tourism is also warning visitors to Salalah to avoid swimming during rough weather.
“Dear tourist, please take caution when approaching the beach and avoid swimming due to the high waves during the fall season in Dhofar,” it said on its Twitter account.
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.