Travel brings out the best in many cultures. For another trip to add to your list, here’s why heading over to Salalah during the Khareef Festival and Khareef Season is a must:

Start of the tourist season

Times of Oman reported that about 89.2 percent of the tourists that come during the monsoon season are citizens from member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Most of the tourists arrive via road travel. There has also been a marked increase in the number of flights to Salalah, made possible by major airline carriers in the region like Fly Dubai, Qatar Airways and Oman Air. That means one thing: more tourists will be coming in.

Last year, there was a 27 percent increase in the number of visitors to the area during the Salalah Khareef festival and those numbers don’t show any signs of slowing down any time soon. This year, the festival will run from July 15 to August 31.

Lush greenery

By now, you already know that Salalah is affected by the monsoon season—also known as the Khareef season—from June to early September. That makes it the perfect spot for lush green sights. The mountains surge in green color and Frankincense trees bloom everywhere. It’s a definite sight for sore eyes. Tourists all over the GCC region come in droves to see the sights.

Local crafts and items

Shopping is another great activity during the Khareef season, says RedBull. With the festival area and shopping malls, you’ll find slews of traditional handicraft items and goods to bring to everyone back home. Brush up on your haggling skills and wear your best smile to make every trip to the shopping stalls worthwhile.

Get a glimpse of the past

The festival also includes exhibitions that showcase the region’s heritage and culture. The bands and dances are sure to increase your fascination with the country.

Escape from daily grind

The rains make the weather the perfect time for taking strolls or staying in the poolside of your hotel to while away the day, relaxed and enjoying every bit of peace you can get. The stress and daily grind would come soon enough. Spending a few days in the lush countryside of Salalah, in Oman’s Dhofar Governorate offers you a cool escape from the stress of everyday life. With the occasional showers, you can get away from the heat from the rest of Oman and find a lot of things to love in the capital city of Salalah during the monsoon months. From the scent of Frankincense trees in the air to glorious scenery, you’ll feel like you stepped into a magical destination to make for the perfect Arabian escape.

Book ahead

With so many tourists coming to the area during the monsoon season, it’s wise to book a hotel, along with your plane tickets and even that car rental, well in advance. That way, you can have your pick of the lot.

To complete the experience, make sure you book the right hotel. For bookings, contact us at Fanar Hotel & Residences.

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