Sultan's Palace


This enormous palace complex, with villas and landscaped gardens along the beach front, is home to the family of Oman's ruler, Sultan Qaboos Bin Said. While not open to the public, it is noteworthy for the visitor because its crenellated walls dominate the southern end of town, making for an unmissable landmark for the adjoining souq.

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1. Sultan Qaboos Mosque

1.16 MILES

This newly completed, single-dome mosque with two minarets is a gift from His Majesty to the people of his mother's hometown, Salalah. It's open to…

2. Plantations

1.98 MILES

Salalah is famous for its plantations of coconuts, papayas and bittersweet, small bananas. Stroll through the plantation roads near the corniche (2km from…

3. Al Baleed Archaeological Park

2.66 MILES

Well-labelled and atmospherically lit at night, the ancient ruins of Al Baleed belong to the 12th-century trading port of Zafar. Frankincense was shipped…

4. Ayn Garziz


One of the most visited of the springs issuing from the foothills surrounding Salalah, Ayn Garziz often has a generous flow of water collecting at the…

5. Job’s Tomb

10.24 MILES

In religious terms, this tomb is probably the most important site in Dhofar. The tomb of Prophet Job, mentioned in the Old Testament and venerated by…

6. Ayn Razat

12.77 MILES

The most striking of all the springs scattered across the Salalah Plain, Ayn Razat flows copiously from the hillside at all times of year and rolls across…

7. Ayn Humran

13.88 MILES

Tiny compared with its more bountiful neighbours, this spring collects in a small well in the middle of a rural road at the northern rim of the plain. Of…

8. Ayn Tabraq

16.57 MILES

One of the prettiest springs sprinkled across the eastern Salalah Plain, this one ushers from a bare rock and is channelled through a zigzagging concourse…