ICEDD 2017- About Salalah

About Salalah

Oman can offer a compelling sense of exploration and discovery, and a wildlife holiday. The stark beauty and wide range of contrasting landscapes that characterize the country create habitats for a wealth of wildlife. Among the variety of fauna and flora are millions of migrant wading birds passing through year after year; entire marine ecosystems unique to science; mountain, desert and shoreline plants of stunning diversity; desert dwellers of surprising abundance; endangered Arabian mammals like leopard and Oryx; seashells of exquisite nature; coral reefs that stud the sea with vibrant colors; innumerable endemic fish; whales and dolphins from coast to coast and turtles that nest in numbers matched by no other country on the planet. And alongside the natural wealth is a culture as rich as the sea, mountain and desert environments with which it has arisen.


Precambrian basement sediments have formed the Dhofar Mountains in the far south of Oman. The mountains and narrow coastal belt benefit each year from moisture-laden south-west monsoon winds or Khareef. Rains from early July to the end of August and heavy mists create lush green hillsides and cool temperatures more reminiscent of an English spring than an Arabian summer. Immediately behind the mountain range the desert heat continues to scorch the earth. With obvious reason, this seasonal transition has created a haven for many forms of wildlife and has made possible spectacular mountain drives and hikes.


Salalah is the capital city of Dhofar Province and the second largest city in the Sultanate of Oman. The landscape of Salalah is a hilly one with tropical vegetation. Tourists from all across the world flock to the city to watch the Salalah Khareef Season and Festivals (July - August). In GCC region, Salalah is commonly known as "The Garden City" due to the Khareef (The Moonsoon) season. Salalah is a haven for wildlife and nature tourism.


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