Tourists from all over the world converge on Salalah, Oman during the Khareef (monsoon) season to take advantage of the pleasant weather and profusion of greenery. This indicates that during this period, airfares soar. The benefit for UAE citizens is that they may take a bus to the summer paradise for only a fifth of the cost!
According to a budget airline’s website, the cost of a one-way ticket in the first week of August is more than Dh2,500. On the other side, bus fares begin at Dh150.
For residents of Dubai seeking a welcome change, Alemarat Express General Transport, situated in Deira, provides three weekly bus services to Salalah, transforming the city’s arid surroundings into a breathtakingly beautiful lush green paradise. Residents of the UAE seeking refuge from the oppressive summer heat flock to Salalah.
On Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 2pm, the bus leaves Dubai for Salalah, arriving at 7am the following day. Mohammed Kasem, manager of Alemarat Express General Transport, stated that although the trip takes a total of 17 hours, passengers enjoy it and find it to be relatively untaxing. He said that the buses have been running at capacity since early June.
The bus route travels through Al Ain, the Maziyath border, Buraimi, Ibri, and a few Oman cities before arriving in Salalah. There are three breaks along the trip for refreshments and meals. “Only residents of the UAE may use this service. According to Kasem, tourists to the UAE cannot travel in this manner. “A person must have a passport that is valid for six months and a three-month residency visa,” he stated.
A one-way ticket costs Dh150, and a round-trip ticket costs Dh280. The cost of taking a bus will, however, include departure taxes and Oman visa costs, which can be obtained at the border.Upon arrival, there are numerous possibilities for lodging, with rooms starting at Dh100. The daily cost of meals is Dh30.
4 nights 5 days package : Dh 999
Travel aggregators have launched a cost-effective package to Salalah by bus in light of the high demand from UAE citizens. Many locals are ready to travel to Salalah for Khareef, but they are postponing their plans because of the expensive flight. However, in response to the high demand from the locals, we have launched a bus service that is extremely reasonably priced, according to Libin Varghese, sales director of Rooh Travel and Tourism.
“The package will cost Dh1399 for 4 nights and 5 days and include travel by bus, hotels, visas, transfers, sightseeing, guides, and meals,” added Varghese.
The bus service package from Dubai to Salalah is also taken care of by Ranju Abraham, manager of Tours On Board. “We recently planned a bus trip to Salalah, and the bus was completely full.