How Oman plans to take advantage of Dhofar's Khareef season

Ministry of Tourism announces first hot air balloom festival, carnival for tourists during southern Oman's cooler three-month season
How Oman plans to take advantage of Dhofar's Khareef season
By Sam Bridge
Sat 10 Aug 2019 12:22 AM

Oman's first hot air balloon festival and a first-of-its-kind carnival are among the events being offered to lure tourists to Dhofar, Oman’s southernmost governorate, for the three-month Khareef season, which runs until September 21.

The first hot air balloon festival will allow people to ride in one of more than 15 baskets while the carnival, which runs until August 25, has been organised by private sector institutions and government agencies led by the Ministry of Tourism.

The Salalah Tourism Festival will also remain one of highlights of the Khareef season, with the event set to feature several recreational, cultural, artistic, sporting, and commercial activities, a statement said.

Tourists yearly flock to Salalah, Dhofar for the Khareef season to enjoy the area’s pleasant and cool weather. 

Famous for its mountains and green plains, the picturesque Salalah is a recreation and relaxation place for many tourists who are trying to escape the scorching heat of the summer season.

During the 2018 Khareef season celebration, the governorate welcomed 826,376 visitors, up 28.1 percent from 2017.

According to Oman's Ministry of Tourism, the promotional campaigns will also offer key incentives to visitors who book any of the hotels operating in Oman.

Dhofar currently has 34 hotels, with 4,115 hotel rooms and 6,312 beds.

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