Times of Oman
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Beat the heat with Oman's summer staycations
June 5, 2014 | 12:00 AM
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Scorching sun, humid days, heat wave, sweat and drudgery… So disheartening! Who wouldn't want to make a quick getaway into some cool retreat in search of tranquility?

Though fatigue of the long day and murmuring air-conditioners soothe us into a blurry sleep, we dream of spewing springs, aquamarine pools amidst narrow ravines, breezy beaches, remote farmed lands where they grow apricots, pears and pomegranates or mountains that rise to an altitude of serenity and seclusion.

We wouldn't say the reality could be better than our dreams especially when one resides in an 'arid region' as preconceived by the majority or when there are fewer chances for surprise holiday trips to exotic places in Europe, the Far East or elsewhere. But the reality is far better than our assumptions and, in Oman, as they say, 'if you can dream it, you can do it'.

Do it right here, they say, on the Western Hajar Mountains bedecked with lush terraced fields, on the sandy beaches where turtles nestle, on tiny islands to confront the not so belligerent wildlife, in the gorges where crystal clear streams still gurgle down mossy rocks to form emerald pools, or in the remote villages where the very traditions and congenial people would cool you off. Summer isn't that disheartening in the Sultanate, for it's still 'the coolest place in summer' among the GCC states, assert tour operators based in Muscat.

Cool destinations        
One might immediately think they are talking about Salalah and the Khareef season. Of course, Dhofar region or Salalah has been attracting tourists from across the region during the month of July-August, when monsoon showers would wake up the seeds underneath and tickle every single living thing pink. A maximum number of tourists come from GCC countries to Salalah during the Khareef season and the number has increased over the past few years, points out a spokesperson from the National Travel & Tourism – NTT Tours.

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