Explore the diverse beauty and historical sites of Salalah during this half-day visit to the Garden City.
Depart the pier for the scenic drive through Salalah and its surrounding areas. Along the way, you will see the contrast between the lush vegetation of the Garden City and the barren, bleak landscape of the desert. Your first stop is the new Grand Mosque. His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said issued instructions for the building, making it the largest mosque. The invested patronage of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, accompanied by his instructions to the team overseeing the project at the Diwan of the Royal Court, has endorsed the spiritual and architectural role of the Grand Mosque in marked tribute to Islamic heritage.
From here, your drive will continue on to the Al Balid archaeological site. Upon arrival, you will visit the frankincense tree and learn how it is extracted. A visit will also be made to the museum located inside the archaeological site to view ancient paintings and writings from the Dhramut Dynasty, displays of old coins of Maria Theresa and ornaments of Bedouin tribes.
Your tour will conclude with a visit to the Al Husn Souq, where some time will be made available to stroll among the vendors. The colorful stalls are heaped with mounds of frankincense, myrrh, incense, bottles of fragrant perfume oils, and a wide array of goods for sale.
Please note: Due to Muslim traditions, conservative dress is required. Women must wear modest clothing that covers the body and head, including the hair. Legs must be covered to the ankle and arms covered to the wrist. A scarf should be brought to cover the head. Shorts, short skirts and skimpy outfits are deemed to be inappropriate. Men should also wear modest clothing and shorts are not allowed. Slip-on shoes are recommended as shoes must be removed before entering the mosque. Food, drink and smoking are strictly prohibited at the mosque. The Museum at Al Balid is closed on Thursdays and visits will not be included. Due to the opening hours of the Grand Mosque, interior visits will not always be possible and instead, the mosque will be viewed from the outside only.