You are probably excited for the upcoming Eid Al-Adha, and whether you work in a private or public sector, then you might be super excited as both sectors will enjoy an extra long weekend in August.Insert your text here
The public and private sector holiday dates have been announced Eid Al-Adha for 2019. Both sectors will enjoy four days off on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha. The holiday will begin on Saturday, August 10, and work will then resume on Wednesday, August 14.
Ten years ago, people used to celebrate Eid Al-Adha in winter season in middle east. But now, Eid Al-Adha comes in summer and it is relatively hot in most of the middle eastern countries and particularly in the Arabian Peninsula, which made people spend Eid in indoor places instead, like malls and cafes. This made it seem there is some confusion on how to spend Eid Al-Adha in this hot weather. The answer for your question is simple. Go to Salalah. But let us talk about Salalah real quick.
Salalah: Salalah is the second largest city of the Sultanate of Oman and it is located in the southern coastal region. The city is a very unique place in the Arabian Peninsula and, in the northern part of the city, you can see a mountain range with greenery, springs and waterfalls in monsoon (Khareef) season while pristine white sand beaches are located in the southern side.
Wait a second.. A city in the Gulf with lush greenery, waterfalls, lakes and cool weather? Yes, exactly! And that's the purpose of this blog, to tell you how to spend your holiday tour in this beautiful city.
First, let us talk about how to travel to Salalah and what are the best hotels, flights and activities you can get as a holiday package during Eid Al-Adha in Salalah, Oman.
Flydubai, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Gulf Air, Flynas, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Oman Air are some of the flights that are going to Salalah Airport in Oman during Eid Al-Adha holiday.
There are so many wonderful hotels that will bring more joy to your trip, ranging from 3 stars hotels to 5 stars hotels. Below is a list of popular hotels in Salalah with several categories:
- IntercityHotel Salalah (rated 4.5 out of 5 on TripAdvisor)
- Juweira Boutique (rated 4.5 out of 5 on TripAdvisor)
- Salalah Gardens Hotel (rated 4.5 out of 5 on TripAdvisor)
- Millennium Resort Salalah (rated 4.5 out of 5 on TripAdvisor)
- Al Baleed Resort Salalah By Anantara (rated 5 out of 5 on TripAdvisor)
- Visit Wadi Darbat and Darbat Waterfalls
Nearest 5-Star Hotel: Salalah Rotana Resort (40 minutes away)
If you are a nature lover, visit Wadi Darbat. It is a magical place containing mountains, lakes and waterfalls. The places is also historical which attracts many history enthusiasts from all around the world. The breathtaking Darbat waterfall is crystal clear and surrounded by lush greenery that can make you feel you are in paradise.
Near the waterfall, you can see many natural cave chambers with stalagmites and old stalactites, the caves were earlier used by the shepherds for shelter, and there are color paintings of animals on the walls of the cave, which is why many history lovers go and visit this astonishing place!
What You Can Do: Boating
Explore the mind-blowing lush greenery while riding a cute boat. But make sure you do not swim in any of the pools in Wadi Darbat as snails occur in there and lots of tiny insects might bite which made the site challenging during the rains.
- Drive To Remember
Nearest 5-Star Hotel: Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah (approx. 10 minutes away)
- Take Salalah Hill Road
Nearest 5-Star Hotel: Al Baleed Salalah Resort By Anantara (approx. 34 mins away)
One of the most beautiful hills you can ever see during the Khareef season. The hill is located in the center area of Dhofar mountains with roads that look like noodles, surrounded by the breathtaking lush greenery.
- Experience Sunset from the cliff at Taqah
Nearest 5-Star Hotel: Salalah Rotana Resort (approx. 13 minutes away)
Switch your car's gear from "D" to "P" at the top of the cliff, put the mat and chairs and enjoy the beautiful view with an unforgettable sunset from above the Indian Ocean, with an amazing view from the beach in Taqah city.
- Splash Yourself With Water At Al Mughsayl Blowholes
Nearest 5-Star Hotel: Hilton Salalah Resort (approx. 31 minutes away)
Three things that will make you enjoy your day to the fullest: Marneef Cave, Al Mughsayl Blowholes and Mughsayl Beach. Marneef Cave is very close to Mughsayl Beach. The bad news is that you cannot enter the cave as its hole does not fit humans. There are benches beside the cave where tourists can sit and take a view of the cave, which is defintely worth seeing!
There are three blowholes at a stone's throw away from the cave. The blowholes are called Al Mughsayl Blowholes due to its proximity to Al Mughsayl Beach.
As per Wikipedia, the definition of blowhole is: "A blowhole is formed as sea caves grow landwards and upwards into vertical shafts and expose themselves towards the surface, which can result in blasts of water from the top of the blowhole if the geometry of the cave and blowhole are state of the weather are appropriate.
- Barbecue Is Meant For Salalah
Barbecue is a must-do activity in the beautiful weather of Salalah. Enjoy the amazing view of Salalah landscapes with the natural beauty of mountains, lakes and trees.
Make sure you bring all the essential tools for barbecue to not waste time looking for shops that sell the tools you need.
- Relax In Ayn Athum Waterfalls
Nearest 5-Star Hotel: Fanar Hotel & Residences (approx. 23 minutes away)
Sit back and relax while looking at one of the most visited waterfalls in Salalah, Ayn Athum. The waterfalls are easily accessible and the view of the waterfalls surrounded by the beautiful greenery will take your breath away!
- Capture The Breathtaking View of Salalah From Ittin
Nearest 5-Star Hotel: Hilton Salalah Resort (approx. 15 minutes away)
Now that you almost visited all the best places in Salalah, make sure you capture the the amazing view of Salalah from top of Ittin mountains. Those mountains are very unique as Ayn Jarziz is a spring nearby and the view is amazingly beautiful!
- Visit Wadi Tiwi and Mibam Village (Optional)
An optional thing to do in Oman after visiting Salalah is to go to Wadi Tiwi in Al Sharqiyah Region. Your local trip might take around 11 to 12 hours by car, which is a very long trip, but definitely worth it! Visiting Wadi Tiwi is a very unique experience compared to other wadis (in fact, it is way greener). It is near Wadi Shab but has a special beauty. It has various farms and plantations dotting the place, and a beautiful pool deep inside towards Mibam village.
Travel is good for lots of things, but it can also increase mental well-being - and not just in the short-term. Whether you’re traveling for business, on a one-week family holiday, or have sold everything to pursue a life on the road, traveling can make you a happier person by building self-confidence, providing new experiences and memories, breaking routine and allowing you to meet people from all over the world.
So the next time you find yourself heading out on a shopping spree to lift your mood, why not put that money towards a holiday tour instead?