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07 October 2006

Pictures Of Salalah -Dhofar region in Oman


Salalah is the biggest of the Wilayats and it is also the provincial capital of Dhofar Governorate. It has a seaport and an airport.Taqa lies 45 kilometers east of Salalah on the coast. It is a historical place where the legendary city of Samharam and the Taqa caves are situated.
Mirbat, which is 79 kilometres from Salalah is a fishing Wilayat and has a historical fort. Sadah which is 139 kilometres away from Salalah is famous for mussels. The Sadah fort and the Tomb of Prophet Saleh, Son of Hud are the tourist attractions. Thumrait on the north of Salalah is famous for the historical Ubar City and the Hanoon Oasis.Maqshan is the farthest Wilayat that lies 350 kilometres north of Salalah on the borders with Saudi Arabia. It is famous for its oases and pre-historic sculptures.Shlaim and the Hallaniyat Islands lie on the east of Salalah on the border with the Wusta region. Shuwaima is the important city in the Wilayat.
Another Wilayat is Rakhyut, which is 135 kilometres West of Salalah and on the Yemeni border. Dhalkout also lies on the border with Yemen and it is famous for its springs and caves.The Dhofar Governorate lies on the Arabian Sea coast in the South-West corner of the Sultanate. It occupies around 99,300 square kilometres, which is around 32% of the total land area of Oman.



Major economic activities of the Governorate are trading, farming, cattle breeding, fishing, industry and tourism.
Major tourist attractions are the tombs of Prophet Job and Prophet Imran, the legendary city of Samharam, Al Bilaid, remnants of Ubar, Taiq caves, traces of Prophet Saleh, the Tomb of Prophet Hud, the grave of Aber Bin Hud, the forts of Mirbat, Sadah and Raysut, the Marnees cave and the blow-holes of Maghsail.
Teeq Cave and Tawi Ateer Sinkhole



Tawi Ateer Sinkhole, known as the ‘Bird Well’ gained international fame after its discovery in 1997 by a team of Slovenian explorers in collaboration with Sultan Qaboos University as one of the largest solvent sinkholes in the world. This adds to the Sultanate's rich biodiversity, its geographical and historical richness, and its historical and archaeological sites, as well as its remains of early civilization, all of which endorse the Governorate of Dhofar as a tourist destination, and boost the various opportunities for those interested in discovery, along with nature and adventure lovers.
The capacity of the Teeq Sinkhole is about 975 thousand cubic metres. Its diameter is between 130 to 150 metres and its depth is 211 metres. Water flowing down the valleys has resulted in the formation of the sinkhole, with its magnificent waterfalls along the intersection with Teeq Sinkhole.
Teeq Cave is near the top of the sinkhole. Its capacity is about 170 thousand cubic metres, and has no less than six entrances, the largest of which is the Western entrance and wall which can be seen from the top of Teeq sinkhole. You can reach that entrance along narrow paths located off the main trail. From those paths you can enjoy panoramic views of the sinkhole and its waterfalls







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