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We travelled to Salalah by road from Dubai on 11-7-09. We were husband wife and two young kids. The distance is about 1400kms from Dubai. Salalah is a very nice and peaceful place.
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... off ( like our Sunday)... The towns were extremely quiet, with not much sign of life around and most shops closed for the day. Our guide, was very quiet and unfortunately he didn't give us a lot of information about his country or the city of Salalah throughout the tour, but did answer any questions we asked along the way. We passed many, tent cities on the way to the mountains...these were apparently large camping grounds, covering acres of desert....the local families come ...
... Escort, and the crew still wore traditional navy dungarees, not the blue camos our sailors are forced to wear. I think this ship and the Spanish Frigate docked nearby are a part of the piracy interdiction force that protects shipping in these waters. It seems all fighting ships in modern navies are fitted with a helicopter flight deck aft. Because the vessel was not fitted with fore and aft thrusters, ...
... than Dubai or Abu Dhabi!), it was good to be back in a real place, one with a sense oh history. After a day at sea, we stopped in Salalah, Oman. This is the birthplace of the current Sultan and, as soon as our tour started off across the desert which runs right up to the port, I understood why his yacht was painted the light pinkish beige I had thought was odd when I had seen it in Muscat: everything here is the same beige color! The sand, the hills, the buildings, ...
... that caused my asthma to flare up. I got it under control, but I still don't feel completely normal.
The souk in Salalah is not nearly so fun as the souk in Muscat, but I got some very good things. Housedresses for much younger girls, on accident. But they serve the purpose and I can belt them and wear them in the States. Also, an abaya. I wish I could justify to myself getting more than one.
Then it was back on a plane, and home to our hotel in Muscat.
Other places to stay in Salalah
Al Khandaq St, Salalah | 5 star hotelfrom $179
Sultan Qaboos St, Po Box 699, Salalah | 5 star hotelfrom $167
PO Box 427, Salalah | Hotelfrom $77
Sultan Qaboos Hospital Road, Salalah | 3 star hotelfrom $71
Mirbat Beach, Salalah | 5 star hotelfrom $111
Salalah Beach Marina, Salalah | 5 star hotelfrom $160