Beauty has an address ~ Oman
Jun 21, 2014
Khareef season begins in Dhofar
SALALAH — Governorate of Dhofar received yesterday the Khareef (autumn) season which starts on June 21 each year and continues up to September 21. The number of visitors to the Governorate during last year Khareef stood at 433,639.
The public and private agencies are preparing to receive tourist groups and visitors by ensuring and providing them with the required services and facilities that meet their needs.
Governorate of Dhofar is one of the most favourite tourist destinations for many Omani and Gulf families who prefer to spend summer vacations amidst attractive nature and moderate weather.
Salalah Tourist Festival, which will kick off at the second day of Eid al Fitr and lasts up to September 6 is one of the key drivers for activating tourism during Khareef season. It includes a number of cultural, social, recreational, sports and marketing activities.
Governorate of Dhofar is known for its rich tourism potential as she has many silver and soft sand beaches, mountains, valleys, plains and desert that extends to the Empty Quarter, springs, natural water fountains and caves.
Salalah Agricultural Plain is also known for the production of many tropical plants, such as coconut, banana, papaya, sugar canes, besides the Khiran (fjords) and natural sanctuaries.
The other major tourist attractions include Al Baleed Archeological Site, Samhram Archeological Park, historical forts in the Wilayats of Taqah, Mirbat, Sadah and others.
Visitors may also visit Iteen Plain and Hamrir Plain, in addition to the main water springs, such as Razat, Jarzeez, Humran, Sahalnout, Athom and Darbat.
The National Centre of Statistics and Information, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Royal Oman Police, conducts an annual survey for the visitors during the period from June 21 to September 21 each year to provide economic and social data that can be utilised by planners and decision makers.
The survey on Khareef Salalah visitors in 2013 pointed out that the number of visitors grew by 23.5 per cent in 2013 compared to 2012 as the number rose from 351.195 in 2012 to 433,639 in 2013.
The number of Omani visitors during Khareef Salalah last year stood at 298,749 or 68.9 per cent of the total number of visitors, compared to 211,042 or 60.1 per cent during 2012.
Visitors from UAE came first with 72,940 or 16.8 per cent of the total number of non-Omani Gulf visitors followed by Saudis with 16,723 or 3.8 per cent, Kuwaitis with 3510, Qataris with 3449 and Bahrainis with 2696.
The number of arrivals to Salalah through Hareet land check point stood at 370,836 or 85.5 per cent of the total number of visitors compared to 62803 or 12.9 per cent through domestic and international air flights.