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Salalah beckons summer tourists

BY IMRAN MOJIB
PEOPLE looking for a cool escapade this summer need not go far as Salalah, the picturesque locale in Oman, has come calling. Planning a visit to the Perfume Capital of Arabia during the Salalah Tourism Festival would be just apt.

"Many people still think that the Arabian Peninsula is an extended desert, baking in high temperatures especially during summer. But a visit to Salalah would prove it wrong," said Mohammed Mubarak Al Shikely, senior manager of Oman Air.

Speaking during the roadshow held in Dubai recently, Shikely said that Salalah brims with beauty and bountiful nature. Located on the shores of Indian Ocean and surrounded by the striking mountains of Jebel Dhofar, Salalah greets its visitors with a picturesque panorama.

"Relax this summer at Salalah during the Khareef season, which lasts from June to early September and relish the cool rains that transform the region into a lush paradise as it casts a mystical spell on you with its enthralling" he added.

The Salalah Tourism Festival, which happens during the Khareef season, has gained an international stature over the years due to its appeal that charms thousands of visitors who throng Salalah during the captivating season.

"Last year, we received 364,000 visitors during the season," he said.

To attract visitors from the UAE, Oman Air has introduced special package. According to the festival package, a person can buy the package for Dhs1760, which includes return economy class air ticket to Salalah, three nights sharing accommodation in a budget hotel, return airport transfers and all hotel taxes and service charges.

"But our offers are not limited to this package. We provide tailor-made packages to suit the individual need, which may include excursions to various sites of heritage, historical importance or just to enjoy the natural wonders," said Shikely.

Source: Gulf Today
Posted: 29/06/2008


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