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Saturday, 22 June 2013

Desert Rain - Omans Salalah Tourism Festival

Oman is one of the few countries in the Arab Gulf that experiences a regular and much-awaited rainy season. The arrival of the southwest monsoon, locally called Khareef, is celebrated with joy and giving

Oman Tourist Office - Khareef, which means monsoon, is the time when Salalah, in the governorate of Dhofar, witnesses rains
A view of a waterfall in Salalah, Sultanate of Oman.

Come July and the Salalah Tourism Festival will add to the festivities in the Sultanate of Oman.

Beginning from the second day of Eid al Fitr, the official festival will continue for the next 25 days. The festival is also popularly known as ‘Khareef Festival’. Khareef, which means monsoon, is the time when Salalah, in the governorate of Dhofar, witnesses rains and tourists from all around the world come during this time to enjoy the unique weather.
Monsoon turns the bleak desert landscape of Salalah into a green paradise.

The theme of the festival this year is ‘Oman - Giving and Loyalty’. Technology, food, crafts, fashion, it’s all there at the festival. The Salalah Tourism Festival plays a key role in promoting tourism related activities in the Sultanate especially in the Dhofar region.

The festival attracts a large number of tourists from the neighboring GCC countries as also from Europe and other Middle Eastern countries. Over the years, Salalah has earned a reputation of being one of the best summer destinations in whole of the Middle East because of its monsoon season.

Salalah is an ancient Arabic city, the capital of Dhofar, and the governor’s seat. It’s the seconnd largest city in the Sultanate of Oman after the capital Muscat. Salalah is also famous for being the “Perfume Capital” of beautiful Arabia.
A view of the interiors of the visitor centre at the Amouage Factory in Muscat.
Amouage Factory and visitor centre in Muscat, Oman
Another view of the visitor centre.
You can sample perfumes at the visitor centre.
A copper still used for steam distillation of essential oils at the Amouage Factory in Muscat, Oman.

The finished product - bottled Amouage perfumes, the exquisite fragrance of Oman.

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