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Top 5 Wadis

Khareef is a special season which is unique in the GCC region when the monsoon comes along and brings the usually-dry landscape into a lush green paradise.

Salalah, in the very south of the Sultanate of Oman, is a year round destination with cooler temperatures than the rest of the region, spectacular landscape framed by beaches and coconut trees, and several UNESCO World Heritage sites to explore. The highlight of the year is undoubtedly the Khareef, the season when most tourists visit the area, as they seek refuge from the extreme heat further north. Here are some of the top places to see in Salalah to help you make the most of your visit and enjoy the Khareef.

Jebel Ittin
Located approximately 30 minutes away from Hawana Salalah, Jebel Ittin is a popular picnic destination for families. On the way, you will pass through the Khareef Festival, which is also incredibly popular. There are many traditional Omani restaurants nearby. If you wish to head deeper and explore the mountains, make sure you go in a 4×4 vehicle and bring mosquito repellent.

Ayn Gharziz
Ayn Gharziz is also around 30 minutes’ drive from Hawana Salalah. It’s famous for its waterfalls and a clear natural pool which is perfect for swimming. It is the ideal spot to spend the day with friends and family, have a picnic and enjoy the water. There are several restaurants along the main road but the pool area itself is quite isolated so make sure to bring some snacks and beverages, oh, and some mosquito repellent.

Mughsail Beach and Blowholes
About one hour away from Hawana Salalah by car, Mughsail has a beautiful white sandy beach which extends as far as the eye can see. No 4×4 is required for this trip and the views of the cliffs and beach are scenic and beautiful year-round. During Khareef, the blowholes are a spectacular sight as the water is pressed through underground holes to form a fountain on the surface, sometimes 20 metres or higher. The area does get busy, so be patient. Don’t forget your camera and if you wish to spend time on the beach, bring a picnic and some camping equipment. There are several huts available to use for a barbecue or to sit and relax while watching the waves breaking on the shore.

Wadi and Ayn Sahalnoot
The drive through the green mountains to get here is worth the 25-30 minute drive alone. Narrow and winding, the road takes you around the base of the mountain before opening up to a spring water basin. As expected, this is a very popular destination during Khareef as it is famous for hiking and is the perfect spot to enjoy a barbecue or picnic with family and friends.
Wadi Darbat and the Darbat Waterfalls
Wadi Darbat is a popular spot all year round and is always green. It’s also a hidden gem for animal lovers with camels, goats and donkeys all nearby, and for birdwatchers. The Wadi is about 30 minutes from Hawana Salalah by car and you don’t need a 4×4 to get there. During the Khareef season the mountains surrounding the wadi are lush and green, and popular activities include a picnic by the water or a small boat tour using one of the many boats available to rent nearby. Connected to the wadi are the Darbat Waterfalls, about 10 minutes away and best reached by 4×4. Once again, due to the climate it is advised to take mosquito repellent.

Countries that require a Visa for Oman

Are you thinking of taking a trip to Oman? If treks on camels, camping in the vast desert, and driving safaris appeal to you, then Oman is the perfect holiday destination. Oman gives you a true Arabic experience with plantations of frankincense, souks (marketplaces) representing long-gone worlds, modern cities, luxury hotels, and beautiful beaches. There is something for everyone who visits Oman.
Oman, officially the Sultanate of Oman, is different from its neighbouring countries because of its complex history of interaction with the rest of the world. Omani traders once ruled the Arabian, travelling out of the ports of Muscat and Salalah to establish trading relationships with the Portuguese empire in Africa by establishing trading outposts as far as Mozambique and Zanzibar. They aligned with the British after slavery was abolished. This resulted in the conservative yet open Islamic society that is modern Oman. It is considered to be the most welcoming of all Arabic countries, helping tourists feel at home.
Before you plan a trip to Oman, you should know about its visa requirements so that you are fully prepared.

WHAT COUNTRIES DON’T REQUIRE A VISA FOR OMAN?

Any trip to Oman from another country requires applying for and obtaining a visa. Only six countries in the world are exempt from having to get a visa to enter Oman. Five of these countries are from the Gulf Cooperation Council or GCC:
United Arab Emirates

All residents of the United Arab Emirates, will not require a visa to enter into Oman. Foreign residents or expatriate residents of UAE may visit Oman with a special entry visa, valid for 4 weeks and extendable by one week. This only applies to residents from one of the professions listed here.
Qatar

All residents of the Qatar, will not require a visa to enter into Oman. Foreign residents or expatriate residents of Qatar may visit Oman with a special entry visa, valid for 4 weeks and extendable by one week. This only applies to residents from one of the professions listed here.

Kuwait

All residents of Kuwait, will not require a visa to enter into Oman. Foreign residents or expatriate residents of Kuwait may visit Oman with a special entry visa, valid for 4 weeks and extendable by one week. This only applies to residents from one of the professions listed here.
New Zealand.
Whilst people from GCC can stay in Oman indefinitely, people from New Zealand can stay up to three months. The only requirement for these tourists from these countries is a valid passport.
The same rule of ‘no visa required’ also applies to people who have official and diplomatic passports from Russia and South Korea. These nationalities can also stay for up to three months in Oman. The rule also applies to people from a few other countries, who, if they have a valid visa or an entrance stamp of the Emirate of Dubai, can stay for another 21 days in Oman.

Saudi Arabia

All residents of Saudi Arabia, will not require a visa to enter into Oman. Foreign residents or expatriate residents of Saudi may visit Oman with a special entry visa, valid for 4 weeks and extendable by one week. This only applies to residents from one of the professions listed here.
Bahrain
All residents of Bahrain, will not require a visa to enter into Oman. Foreign residents or expatriate residents of Bahrain may visit Oman with a special entry visa, valid for 4 weeks and extendable by one week. This only applies to residents from one of the professions listed here

WHAT COUNTRIES REQUIRE A VISA FOR OMAN?

People from all other countries, apart from the ones just mentioned, need a valid visa to be able to visit Oman. You need to apply for an Oman eVisa, and you will get your e-visa within 3-4 working days, provided that you meet all their eligibility requirements. The process of applying for an e-visa is done online. You do not need to go to a visa office in person. The visa requirements are quite simple. You will need to provide some information as well as some supporting documents to apply for an Oman visa. People from all countries, including Europe, Canada, UK, US, and Australia need a visa for entry to Oman.

However, you can apply for your visa in your entrance. Here are the requirements and the costs:

You need at least 6 months valid passport to enter.
There are two kind of visas. 30 days visa that costs 20 OR (50$) and can be renew for another 30 days and 72 hours visa that costs 5 OR (13$).

OMAN E-VISA

Oman has now introduced an electronic visa for tourists. This allows you to easily apply online without visiting a visa office or an embassy. As of March 21st, visitors to Oman are no longer able to apply for a visa on arrival and must now apply for an electronic visa prior to travelling to Oman.
Please note, only a Citizens of the following 71 countries can apply for an eVisa.
ANDORRA
ARGENTINA
AUSTRALIA
AUSTRIA
BELGIUM
BOLIVIA
BRAZIL
BRUNEI
BULGARIA
CANADA
CHILE
CHINA
COLOMBIA
CROATIA
CYPRUS
CZECH REPUBLIC
DENMARK
ECUADOR
ESTONIA
FINLAND
FRANCE
FRENCH GUIANA
GERMANY
GREECE
HONG KONG
HUNGARY
ICELAND
INDONESIA
IRAN
IRELAND
ITALY
JAPAN
SOUTH KOREA
LATVIA
LEBANON
LIECHTENSTEIN
LITHUANIA
LUXEMBOURG
FYR MACEDONIA
MALAYSIA
MALTA
MOLDOVA
MONACO
NETHERLANDS
NEW ZEALAND
NORWAY
PARAGUAY
POLAND
PORTUGAL
ROMANIA
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
SAN MARINO
SERBIA
SEYCHELLES
SINGAPORE
SLOVAK REPUBLIC
SLOVENIA
SOUTH AFRICA
SPAIN
SURINAME
SWEDEN
SWITZERLAND
TAIWAN
THAILAND
TURKEY
UKRAINE
UNITED KINGDOM
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
URUGUAY
VATICAN CITY STATE
VENEZUELA