To the west of Salalah, the plain extends 60km along the coast to Port Salalah, a busy international cargo terminal that also hosts Gulf-bound cruise ships, and ends abruptly in the cliffs of Mughsail. Beyond that lies the impressive zigzags of the Sarfait Rd en route to the Yemeni border. The road is open to visitors only until just past the turning (at the top of the cliff) for Fizayah Beach, but this is far enough to gain an idea of the distinctively different kind of landscape that characterises this part of the plain.
Indeed, both plain and surrounding hillsides here are a fascinating product of human interaction with centuries of livestock grazing (mostly camels, cows and goats) helping to shape the contours, while nature has taken care of the rest. Ancient trees and striking limestone formations (including blowholes) are just some of the unique natural wonders of this area.