The Khareef (monsoon) season in Salalah, Oman, is a much-awaited time for tourists around the world who seek to experience the Garden City of the Middle East in its lush greenery and beautiful weather. However, airfares during this season can be quite expensive, with one-way tickets costing over Dh2,500. Fortunately, UAE residents have an advantage as they can travel to this summer paradise by bus at a fraction of the cost.
Alemarat Express General Transport, based in Deira, offers three weekly bus services to Salalah from Dubai, providing UAE residents with a pleasant and affordable option to escape the scorching summer heat. The bus departs from the Gold Souk bus stand on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday at 2 pm and reaches Salalah at 7 am the next day, making the journey approximately 17 hours. Despite the long hours, the buses have been fully booked since early June, highlighting the popularity of this option among UAE residents.
The bus route includes three stops along the way, providing refreshments and dinner to passengers. The journey passes through Al Ain, the Maziyath border, Buraimi, Ibri, and several towns in Oman before arriving in Salalah. However, it’s important to note that this bus service is exclusively available to UAE residents, who must possess a valid passport with at least six months’ validity and a three-month residency visa.
The one-way fare for this bus trip is priced at Dh150, and a round trip would cost Dh280. Additional expenses include exit charges and Oman visa fees, which can be obtained at the border. Upon arrival in Salalah, there are various accommodation options available, with rooms starting from Dh100. The cost of food per day is estimated to be around Dh30. Overall, a round trip to Salalah, including all expenses, would range from Dh799 to Dh999.
Considering the high demand from UAE residents for an affordable way to experience Salalah during the Khareef season, travel aggregators have introduced economical packages for bus travel. One such package, offered by Rooh Travel and Tourism, includes travel by bus, hotel accommodation, visa processing, transfers, sightseeing tours, a guide, and meals. This 4 nights 5 days package costs Dh1399, making it an attractive option for residents who want to explore Salalah without breaking the bank.
The demand for bus services to Salalah during the Khareef season has been overwhelming, with many residents opting for this cost-effective and enjoyable mode of travel. The availability of such bus packages has made it easier for UAE residents to embark on a memorable journey to Salalah and experience the beauty of this summer paradise.