Visit the capital city of Southern Oman’s Dhofar province, Salalah- a tropical coastal town laced with palm trees and banana plantations. This relatively unexplored region boasts a contrasting hot desert climate and an annual ‘Khareef’ monsoon, which sees the landscape transformed into a green oasis between the months of July-September. Located between the Arabian sea and the Dhofar Mountains, this is Oman’s second-largest city. After exploring Salalah’s atmospheric old town we’ll head over to The Empty Quarter – a spellbinding, expansive desert (and home to the world’s largest sand dunes), to experience the breathtaking silence that inhabits this landscape, visiting UNESCO world heritage sights along the way.
Sophy Roberts travelled with Hud Hud in this area and wrote about it for the Financial Times, How to Spend It magazine:
“I have never been able to find the author again, as if he or she were some figment of my imagination, but I still remember the passage clearly: the writer described, without punctuation, a single moment when everything in the city fell silent, a splinter of a millisecond when the traffic lights paused on red at the exact same moment as every human in the vast metropolis stopped talking, when every television was turned off, when there were no planes in the sky, no clapping in the theatre, no brawling, barking, nothing. The sound of silence, the absence of everything in a brilliantly construed fiction, is something I have listened for often. It was only recently that I encountered it, on a trip to a little-visited desert in Oman.