| Azlan Othman in Salalah, Oman |
SALALAH in Oman exhibits an overwhelming feel of the ancient Arab world through its various attractions that it has preserved so shiningly to date.
Mosques, found everywhere in Salalah, are one of these marvellous attractions. The Sultan Qaboos Mosque, a symbolic and landmark structure of Salalah, was inaugurated in 2009.
Enclosed by a boundary wall with four entrances, the Sultan Qaboos mosque can provide accommodation to thousands of congregants at a time.
The Mosque’s distinguishing minaret gives it a unique appearance.
Connecting the top of the mosque’s walls and the inner courtyard is a bar engraved with verses from Quran in Thuluth script, while Islamic geometric frameworks fill the corridor archways.
The artworks adorning the halls reflect the progression and diverse forms of architectural decoration and culture in rich patterns.
Besides the mosques, the beautiful Arabian Sea with its long coastline gifts a soothing experience to visitors. Here one can find coconuts being sold in stalls along the main roads, and camels strolling around lazily.
The Museum of the Frankincense Land, connected to Al Baleed Archaeological Park, is another major tourist attraction that subtly transports its visitors back to the ancient Salalah.
August is the best time to visit Salalah for camel lovers. The weather is much cooler during this month and sights of camels migrating down from the mountains to lower land are common.
Burj A’Nahdah, also known as the Clocktower, is a prominent monument that decorates the roundabouts around Salalah and is a useful landmark for finding ways around by car.
Salalah Airport is on the northern exit road and Lulu Shopping Centre is just off this roundabout to the south.