Salalah, often called “the perfume capital of Arabia” because of its historical trade in frankincense, is Oman’s second largest city, birthplace of Sultan Qaboos bin Said, and the capital of the southern province of Dhofar.
Situated in the southern corner of Oman on the Indian Ocean, this thriving city of over 200,000 attracts visitors from all over the world to enjoy the area’s temperate climate, the dramatic mountainous landscapes, and the warm seas of the Indian Ocean, which are excellent for scuba diving.
Salalah is also a city of antiquity, tracing its origins back well over 2,000 years.The area includes world-class archaeological sites, such as the ruins of the fortified port of Sumharam (Khor Rori), a palace which is thought to be the home of the Queen of Sheba, the resting place of Nabi Imran, father of Mariam (the Virgin Mary), and a number of UNSECO World Heritage sites associated with Salalah’s ancient frankincense trade.
Today, Salalah’s trading heritage continues to thrive through the strategically important Port of Salalah a deepwater port situated in the middle of the vital East-West shipping lanes serving Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
The port is one of the most important hubs for container shipping in the region as well as one of its largest employers.
For more information about Salalah, please visit www.omantourism.gov.om