“Paradise on Earth”..a report that sheds light on “Dhofar” from which Sultan Qaboos started the renaissance of the Sultanate of Oman | A homeland tweeting outside the flock

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Agency shed Anatolia The Turkish report highlights the Omani province of Dhofar, which it described as an Omani paradise in the fall, and has a great historical value, as the late Sultan Qaboos bin Said began the journey of the Renaissance.

Dhofar is an Omani paradise on earth

The report pointed out that in a certain period of the year, the Dhofar Governorate in the south of the Sultanate of Oman is covered with greenery, turning the entirety into a tropical paradise, as its mountains are decorated with green, with seasonal rains accompanied by thick clouds and fog during the autumn months.

Dhofar is known for its natural tourism potentials, and is famous for its frankincense and frankincense, and the tropical coconut trees abound in it.

There is a lot of terrain spread in the governorate, and its geographical nature combines the desert and plant environment.

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Dhofar also gains a special place in modern and ancient Omani history; It is the city from which the late Omani Sultan, Qaboos bin Said (1940-2020), began the renaissance of this Gulf state.

Dhofar is located in the far south of the Sultanate, and it is connected to the east by the Al Wusta Governorate, to the southwest by the border with Yemen, to the south by the Arabian Sea, and from the north and northwest by the Empty Quarter desert.

A huge Omani gate to the Indian Ocean

Historically, Dhofar was the link between Oman and East Africa, and was a huge Omani gateway to the Indian Ocean, and a crossing point for the ancient caravan route in southern Arabia.

Dhofar is a tourist attraction, especially during the Khareef season between June and September every year.

Its climate is moderate throughout the year, but it is affected by the western monsoon winds from the Indian Ocean, where its mountains receive monsoon rains accompanied by thick clouds and fog throughout the autumn months.

The most important tourist resorts

Ahmed Al Ghassani, Mayor of Dhofar, told Anatolia’s delegate: “Dhofar attracts during the Khareef season, from June 21 to mid-September of each year, visitors and tourists from inside and outside the Sultanate, to enjoy the beauty of the nature of its mountains, beaches, plains and wonderful climatic conditions, as Dhofar is considered Especially the city of Salalah, one of the most important tourist resorts in the region.”

He added that “the governorate has tourism components that include in its various natural environments, such as white beaches, soft sand, a series of mountains, valleys, flat plains, desert extending to the Empty Quarter, water springs, natural fountains and various caves.”

Al Ghassani pointed out that the distinguished nature in Dhofar is not only in the Khareef season, but extends throughout the year in different seasons.

He continued, “Those advantages made it a tourist destination on the level of the Arab world, and we have tourists coming from European countries, and adventurous youth who like to go on trips to the Badia.”

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He stated that “the municipality has a major role in supporting tourism, in cooperation with all the specialized institutions in the country, by contributing to the infrastructure and paving roads through the joint teams of these institutions.”

He explained that “there are ambitious projects that will start in the fall of 2022,” expecting that the coming years will witness an unprecedented momentum for tourism in the governorate.

And he added, “Despite the Corona pandemic, Dhofar witnessed a great demand this year in the domestic tourism sector.”

The most prominent tourist destination for Omani and Gulf families

According to Khalid bin Abdullah Al-Abri, Director General of the General Directorate of Heritage and Tourism in Dhofar, “The beauty of nature, with its picturesque elements, is complemented by the many historical monuments and evidence that define the dimensions of the region, both civilly and historically, which adds a cultural tourism dimension to this governorate.”

Al-Abri added to Anatolia that “the governorate is the most prominent tourist destination for Omani and Gulf families who prefer to spend summer vacations in the lap of nature and moderate weather; For rest and relaxation.”

He added, “The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism attaches great importance to attracting investments that are concerned with tourism development and development to future horizons.”

He added that “the ministry seeks to establish resorts and projects that attract tourists; In response to the increasing demand for hotel units and tourist destinations, especially in locations that have unique natural features in the governorate.”

And he added: “In Dhofar, there are some tourist attractions that tourists are keen to visit, such as the plains and mountainous heights, in addition to the main water springs scattered throughout the governorate.”

He pointed out that “Al Mughsail Beach area attracts many tourists to see the Marneef Cave and its natural fountains, in addition to visiting traditional markets, and shops selling frankincense, Omani sweets and fresh local agricultural products.”

He continued: “The governorate is famous for the production of frankincense, whose tree is a symbol of Dhofar, and represents the main trade pillar in the ancient south of the Arabian Peninsula, and an important source of income. The province was famous for producing the best types of frankincense in the world.”

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Dhofar also has a large number of castles, forts and watchtowers overlooking the valleys and mountains of Oman, according to Al-Abri.

He added: “These ancient historical buildings, in addition to providing protection, played a vital role in introducing Oman’s history. They stand as meeting points for political, social and religious interaction, and as centers of science, administration and social activities.”

Environmental diversity in Dhofar

Regarding the environmental diversity in Dhofar, Mohammed Al-Shanfari, an environmental activist, told Anadolu Agency, “It has different climatic environments, between the subtropical nature on the marine scale, and bordered by the Empty Quarter desert a few kilometers to the north, in addition to the relatively dry rocky environments on the coast. its eastern side.

He explained that this diversity has a unique ecological product; The best frankincense is produced in the dry rocky east of Dhofar.

The green trees alternate between the wet summer monsoon season and the dry seasons, such as the Sidr tree, which dries up in the autumn season, and remains green for the rest of the year.”

He stated that “nature lovers find diverse, different and special materials, according to the times of the year, which calls for their frequent visits to follow certain plants.”

He continued: “After the autumn season ends, the season of birds of prey begins; The region is one of the most welcoming to it, and that also applies to lovers of the seas, the marine environment and its creatures.”

He added: “The coconut crop, known as coconut, is at the forefront of agricultural crops, and the cultivated area (with it) constitutes the largest in the Salalah Plain, as this tree is characterized by its continuous production throughout the year.”

He explained that “Salalah is famous for the cultivation of bananas, which is one of the most important economic and food crops, in addition to the favai tree, which is evergreen and fast-growing, and favai comes in third place among commercial fruit crops in the Salalah Plain.”

He concluded that “the favai crop in Dhofar is distinguished by its quality, variety and quantity of production, as it can be compared with international varieties, and the autumn season is the best season for planting and planting the favai fruit, which is characterized by health and nutritional benefits.”

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