Muscat – Khareef officially started on Tuesday. The season is marked by the onset of the southeastern monsoon in Dhofar, resulting in inviting tropical weather and moderate temperatures. Mist laden hillsides and overflowing springs turn the governorate into a haven for visitors from not just Oman but the region.
The season officially continues until September 21.
The coastal wilayats of the governorate, especially Mirbat in the east and Dalkout in the west, undergo a remarkable transformation as a result of the monsoon winds and clouds from the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean.
Rain and cloudy weather result in temperatures dropping below 30C in the city of Salalah, while it drops further in the mountainous areas. A green blanket covers the mountains and plains following persistent light rain and intermittent mist.
In April, Dhofar Municipality announced the events and activities of this year’s khareef season to be held in various locations, including parks, gardens, and natural and tourist sites.
There were 766,772 visitors for khareef in 2019, which was a drop of 7.2 per cent compared to the 2018 season. Visitors spent RO78mn, up 1.4 per cent compared to the 2018 season, when they spent RO76.9mn, according to statistics of Salalah Tourism Season 2019 which were recently released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information.
Royal Oman Police (ROP) announced that the Dhofar Governorate Police Command is ready for the khareef season, to maintain law and order and ensure the smooth conduct of tourism activities.
Brig Salim bin Mohamed al Ghaithi, Commander of Dhofar Governorate Police, said that ROP is keen to provide human and logistical support in the governorate with the aim of ensuring the best services and prompt police presence in all tourist sites in the governorate.
Brig Ghaithi informed that police, civil defence and ambulance personnel will be deployed along roads leading to the governorate, and the Directorate General of Police Aviation will respond quickly to emergency situations, serve road users and provide them with immediate assistance.
According to Brig Ghaithi, traffic and security patrols will be deployed at all sites to regulate traffic and prevent traffic jams.
“The Civil Defence and Ambulance Authority and the Coast Guard will patrol beaches and springs in the governorate. Teams will also spread awareness on drowning accidents that occur in these places,” Brig Ghaithi said.