Salalah © A Vahanvaty
The capital of the southern-most Omani province of Dhofar, Salalah makes for a wonderful contrast to the hot, dry desert conditions predominating the country's interior. Its monsoon season between June and September, known as the Khareef Season, causes the land to become lush and green, surprising visitors with the sight of herds of cattle calmly grazing in verdant fields. Its cooler climate makes Salalah a great family holiday destination in Oman. Known for its perfume, frankincense trees line the roads and it is unsurprising that most visitors to the region leave with an assortment of fragrances safely packed away in their luggage. Notable sights in Salalah are the traditional al-Hisn Souq, Al Alam Palace and a gorgeous coastline offering wonderful bird watching opportunities and occasional swimming and diving.