Salalah is considered to be the "second city" of Oman after Muscat and is amongst the largest cities in the country. It is noted for being the birthplace of the Sultan of Oman - Qaboos bin Said al Said - and is a major city in the country. Salala is a popular city to visit when travelling to Oman and offers a wealth of facilities for Muslim travellers, with Halal restaurants and mosques available at every corner of the city. Salalah also offers endless attractions, accommodation options and shopping opportunities for Muslim travellers, and a day out exploring the city will offer plenty of unforgettable experiences for travellers.
Salalah features a rather hot desert climate and thus exploring it on foot is not recommended during some of the warmer months of the year. Daily buses run between all Omani cities and taxis are also a popular method of transport. Rainfall in the city occurs typically during the months of July to September. During this season, the area is covered in lush greenery, and is incredibly breathtaking.
Most of the attractions in Salalah are located close to each other and tourists can explore the city with relative ease. Some of the most prominent attractions in Salalah include Sultan Qaboos' Palace, the Al-HisnSouq, the HaffaSouq, Al Haffa Beach and Al Baleed Archaeological Site - which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The main airport of Salalah is the Salalah Airport which is located a mere 3 kilometres away from the city centre in Oman's Dhofar Governorate. Opened in 1977, it is considered to be Oman's second gateway and is a major airport of the country - serving numerous airlines and hundreds of thousands of passengers throughout the year.
Almost every restaurant in Salalah serves Halal food and Muslim travellers will be able to sample a variety of exquisite local and dishes across the city. A few popular restaurants in Salalah that can be visited include Hassan Bin Thabit Restaurant, Al Khutaini and Ba’albek and serve a delightful range of Arabic, Chinese, Lebanese, Pakistani and Indian dishes. For a wider range of International cuisine, travellers could also try the Oasis Club in Raysut which is a slightly pricier option.
There are many mosques in Salalah. Two of the most notable mosques in Salalah include the Sultan Qaboos Mosque Salalah and the Aqeel Mosque. Sultan Qaboos Mosque Salalah is located in the heart of Salalah and is also the largest mosque in the city while Aqeel Mosque is the oldest mosque in Salalah, having been built in 1779.