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Salalah (Arabic صلالة, DMG Salalah ) is a city in the southwest of the Sultanate of Oman. It is the capital of the province of Dhofar.
The city lies on the Arabian Sea in an intensively farmed coastal plain at the foot of the Dhofar Mountains.
In the capital region currently reside (December 2007) about 100,000 people.
The population in the county grew Salalah, according to officials in the years from 2003 to 2008 average annual rate of 4.6 %, with the average annual growth rate of the national share was only 1.4%, the number of foreigners with an average of 9.9% per year much more increased. The figures in detail:
In contrast to prevailing in the rest of Oman Ibadismus, residents Salalas are traditionally Sunni.
Culture and sights
- In the district of al - Hafah, near the Al- Hisn Sultan Palace, are some of the traditional houses made of limestone blocks.
- The Sultan's Palace, where Sultan Qaboos regularly lived in the summer months, is not open to the public.
- Worth seeing is the 2009 inaugurated Sultan Qaboos Mosque is in the city center. It is not open to non-Muslims.
- In the souk you will find a wide selection of incense and incense burners.
- Tropical plantations green the city.
- In the western part of the city, the area Khor Salalah has been declared a bird sanctuary. Also the many lagoons in the city offer a refuge for many species of birds.
- The ancient frankincense port of Al- Baleed in the eastern part of the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- In the building of the Ministery of National Heritage and Culture is a small museum is housed.
- The grave of the Prophet Nabi Amran is about 30 meters long and can be visited by non-Muslims. The shoes must be removed, and women must wear a scarf.
- The ancient port of Khor Rori incense 40 km east of the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Desk When about 20 km on the "As Sultan Qaboos Street No. 47 ' drive west, you come to the beach of Salalah, where picnics are possible. Located on the western end of the beach several kilometers long to get to the restaurant " Al Salalah Beach Tourist Restaurant and Park". From there visitor parking area a staircase leads up to the rock. At the top, you come to a fenced area. There the surf has eroded the rock, so blowholes (English " blowholes " ) have emerged. Depending on the tide and the waves shoot there sea water fountains at regular interval from the ground. The best time is during the Charifs.
- Just 15 km east of Salalah is the source of Razat. Swimming is not allowed because of the Bilharziosegefahr.
- Also located east of the Wadi Darbat that during the rainy season in summer ( Charif ) is filled with plenty of water and resembles an oasis. There are lovely walks. Also, do you see many Arabs picnic. Towards the sea, the river plunges down a 20 m high cliff. The Wadi Darbat Falls are a sensation for the desert dwellers.
- Just 20 km north of Salalah is the mausoleum of Nabi Ayup, which is also called Job. This person is mentioned in both the Bible and the Koran. The sanctuary may be open to non -Muslims. The shoes must be removed, and women must wear a scarf.
Economy and infrastructure
The Port of Salalah is one of the largest employers in the entire Gouvernoment Dhofar. The Omani - Danish joint venture is managed by APM Terminals, a subsidiary of the Danish AP Møller- Mærsk AG. The connected Freeport just evolving into a new industrial center with cement plant and other heavy industry. Previously Salalah was a center of the frankincense trade, however, has now lost in the face of Asian imports in importance.
Salalah is to the national well-developed and paved roads with the main road No. 31 ( leads to Muscat ), No. 47 ( leading to Dalkut and continue to Yemen ) and No. 49 ( leading to Mirbat ) attached.
Salalah has its own airport (Salalah Airport) with a multiple daily connections to the capital with Oman Air connected. In addition, several times a week international destinations like Doha, Dubai and Kuwait are served. During Charif season intercontinental flights will be added eg to Sweden.
After Dhofar there are no rail connections.
Salalah has since 1998 a modern deep-water seaport, which is designed for containers, loose cargo handling and oil and is underway now and then cruise ships.
- Sultan Qaboos ( born November 18, 1940 in Salalah ), current Regent of Oman.
- Youssef al - Alawi Abdullah ( b. 1945 in Salalah ), diplomat and politician ( Foreign Minister ).
Visitors view the nearby al - Mughsail (known for its spray holes)
Al Saadah Stadium