Salalah is the capital city of Oman's southern Zufar and Dhofar region. It is often considered to be the "second city" of the Sultanate, although some of this designation is probably due to its distinction as Sultan Qaboos' birthplace.
The region is famous for its khareef (monsoon), and the Khareef Festival is an annual event here. Many locals will in fact be quite surprised to see non-Arab visitors at other times of year.
Salalah and Dhofar are historically famous for the frankincense trade. The region has tended to be rather independent over history, although this has changed since Qaboos' ascention to the throne. The Jibbali (Arabic: those of the mountains) tribes maintain a slightly distrustful stance to the government in Muscat, although this is more a stance of custom than anything else. Interestingly, the tribes speak a different language to the Arabic spoken throughout the Peninsula, although visitors are unlikely to encounter it.
 Get in
 By plane
Oman Air flies from Muscat to Salalah at least three times a day. The flight takes roughly 90 minutes. The same carrier flies from Dubai to Salalah, with the flight taking some 2 hours scheduled on Wednesdays and Fridays.There are direct flights to Indian cities of Kozhikode & Kochi, and Thiruvananthapuram via Kochi. Air Arabia flies twice a week to Sharjah on Thursdays and Saturdays Beware, the taxi from the airport is 10 or 20 times the normal taxi rate.
 By car
It is possible to drive from Muscat to Salalah. The trip takes roughly 12 hours (although there are numerous places worth a detour en route). From the starting point sure its a cheerful trip where you can enjoy the wild beauty. Rusayl, Nizwa, Haima, Thumrait and next is the most beautiful Salalah.
Watch out for renegade dunes on the way! When you get hungry, thirsty or tired, you should take the next opportunity to stop - there might not be another one for dozens of miles.
Driving to Salalah from Muscat can either be an amazing and memorable experience, or a very uncomfortable one depending on what kind of traveler you are. The first 5 hours will be very scenic, as you pass Nizwa and other towns. However, it's barren desert and oil fields for most of the remainder of the trip. Travelling at night is usually better than driving in the heat of day (arriving in Salalah at night is a must - the city lights from the high-altitude entry point is gorgeous). There are several stops along the way for food, drinks, a cigarette break, or nature calls.
 By bus
There are daily buses between all Omani cities, very cheap compared to the cost of taxis, airfare, etc. In August 2011 Muscat-Salalah was 6 R.O. (and 11 R.O. for two way ticket)--it's a 12 hour trip.
 By boat
There is at least one operator in Muscat that will charter you to Salalah.
 Get around
Salalah is quite a small city in tourist terms, as most places of interest are close to each other. During warmer times of year, though, walking may not be the best idea. The usual unmetered Omani taxis operate here.
The average taxi fare to travel within the city is 500 baiza.
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The old city is confined to the area called Haffa. The Haffa souq(market place) has wide range of collectables to offer: frankinsence, dates, handicrafts, souvenirs etc.You'll need to practice your bargaining skills before you go shopping there. Better would be to have a local resident accompany you while you shop, so you know you are paying for the real thing.
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Frankincense is the souvenir purchase in Salalah, and only visitors who avoid shopping will not be offered some. Myrrh is relatively easy to find as well, as are the myriad Omani perfumes on offer throughout the country.
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If you decide to visit places outside Salalah city (good advice for traveling anywhere in Oman), remember to carry some food packed for emergencies (fruits, fruit juices, sandwiches recommended) as there are few restaurants outside the city. Always carry a bottle of drinking water since you may not find any store on the highways. There is, however, a delightful ocean-side cafe on the way to Mughsayl and the tidal geyser there.
Hazza Al hoqani, Pizza Hut and KFC are always options for anybody wanting a taste of home. Baalbeck, a Lebanese restaurant near the main market, serves very good food. It's a small family restaurant but serves excellent hummus, tum and shwarmas. Oasis Club in Raysut offer a wide selecion of international cuisine at a very reasonable price (a fraction of the cost of the Hotel restaurants and better quality). This restaurant is also fully lisenced
The restaurant outlets at the Hilton Salalah and Crowne Plaza offer high-end dining services. Both Restaurants do a la carte as well as buffets.
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Alcohol is available at high end hotels, Woodlands Restaurant (in the airport) and Oasis Club (near the port). Liquor permits are only available to non muslim expatriates.
For a refreshing drink, stop at any of the many road-side vendors selling fresh coconut. They will lop the top off a green coconut for you for 2-300 baizas.
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A lot of furnished 1/2/3 bedroom apartments are available on daily rent basis at a cheap price.
16/03/09 from personal experiance few days ago, very bad maintained hotel, bathroom dirty, kitchen smelly and bed mattress had wooden bits raising out of it. Management very ignorant to your needs. didn't stay more than the night to try the rest of the facilities.
The hotel offers basic accomodation at very affordable prices. Located in the city centre it is a convenient option for those who are not looking for luxuries or a beach-facing hotel. Service is very friendly and hotel is reasonably clean.
Located on the beach of South Dahariz,adjacent to the coconut groves, is one of the best budget options in Salalah. www.arabian-sea-villas.com Tel.: +968 23235833 - Fax: +968 23235830
Mobile coverage using Oman's providers is close to flawless, but roaming can sometimes be slow. There are several Internet cafes around town, but speeds are inconsistent. Be sure to look for a place that's got broadband if Internet access is vital at the point in time. Prices vary, but are usually cheap.
 Stay safe
Salalah is a very safe place. However, the Salalah (arabic) way of driving might need some getting used to for non-Arabs.
 Get out
The most amazing thing about Wadi Darbat is that during the Khareef, the water creates waterfalls that flow over the edge of the wadi and plunged meters down.
63 Km from the city is an anti gravity point where vehicles drive upslope in neutral.