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Car Hire Salalah Useful Information

Car Hire is a great option to explore Salalah which is the capital city of the Dhofar Governorate in southern Oman. It's renowned for its unique monsoon season, the Khareef, which brings rain to the region between June and September, turning the desert landscape into lush green fields. Here's what you need to know about visiting and driving in Salalah:

Points of Interest:

  1. Al Baleed Archaeological Park: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it showcases the ruins of the ancient city of Zafar.

  2. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque: A beautiful piece of modern Islamic architecture.

  3. Mughsail Beach: Known for its blowholes, cliffs, and sea-facing vistas.

  4. Frankincense Souq: Offers a variety of local products, particularly frankincense for which the region is famous.

  5. Wadi Darbat: Particularly picturesque during the Khareef season, it offers a waterfall, lakes, and verdant landscapes.

  6. Taqah Castle: A small fort showcasing the region's history.

  7. Prophet Ayoub's Tomb: An important religious site.

Driving in Salalah:

  1. Drive on the Right: In Salalah, as in all of Oman, you drive on the right side of the road.

  2. Speed Limits:

    • Urban areas: 40-60 km/h
    • Outside urban areas: 90-120 km/h
    • Expressways: 100-120 km/h
  3. Seat Belts: Mandatory for all passengers, not just the driver.

  4. Alcohol: There's a zero-tolerance policy for drinking and driving in Oman.

  5. Mobile Phones: Do not use mobile phones while driving unless you have a hands-free system.

  6. Road Conditions: The roads in Salalah, particularly main roads, are in excellent condition. However, if you plan to venture into mountainous regions or off-road, a 4x4 vehicle would be advisable.

  7. Parking: There are designated parking areas in most attractions. Always ensure your vehicle is securely parked and avoid leaving valuables inside.

  8. Fuel: Petrol stations are available throughout the city, and most accept credit cards.

  9. Traffic: Traffic in Salalah is usually lighter than in larger cities like Muscat, but during the Khareef season, the city witnesses a surge in tourists, so expect more vehicles on the road.

  10. Navigation: Road signs are in both Arabic and English. Having a GPS or a smartphone with navigation can be beneficial.

  11. Documentation: Always have your driver's license, International Driving Permit (if required), rental agreement, and passport when driving.

  12. Checkpoints: There might be checkpoints if you're heading out of Salalah towards other regions of Oman. Always have your documents ready.

General Tips:

  1. Weather: The Khareef season sees a rise in humidity and occasional drizzles. Always check weather forecasts if planning long drives.

  2. Safety: Omani drivers are generally respectful, but always remain alert and cautious, particularly when navigating unfamiliar roads.

  3. Local Customs: Respect local customs and traditions, particularly when visiting religious or culturally significant sites.

In conclusion, Salalah offers a unique blend of natural beauty and historical significance. With its well-maintained roads and scenic routes, hiring a car and driving can be one of the most enjoyable ways to explore the region. Stay informed, respect local customs, and have a wonderful trip!


Current Rental Rates in Salalah

Mitsubishi Attrage

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 45.51 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Attrage

7 Days rental at 318.59 EUR from 11/12/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |

Chevrolet Aveo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 45.77 EUR/day
Chevrolet Aveo

7 Days rental at 320.43 EUR from 11/12/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |

Toyota Yaris

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 50.12 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris

7 Days rental at 350.87 EUR from 11/12/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |

Useful to know about Salalah

  • Salalah is the second largest city in Oman and was traditionally the seat of power in the country until the current ruler moved it to Muscat
  • The city was the birthplace of the current ruler Sultan Qaboos bin Said
  • Salalah grew in importance and wealth from the production of frankincense that was then traded with the Jewish community in Israel for religious purposes. Today it is more widely used in perfume and incense sticks.
  • No matter what type of rental car you need in Salalah, you can access leading rental agents fleets like Avis, Europcar, Hertz and Thirfty via Rhinocarhire.com.


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Average prices per day in Salalah

January€ 51
February€ 50
March€ 50
April€ 45
May€ 47
June€ 47
July€ 54
August€ 56
September€ 48
October€ 52
November€ 52
December€ 56
January€ 41
February€ 40
March€ 39
April€ 36
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June€ 37
July€ 40
August€ 40
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February€ 140
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April€ 95
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December€ 167
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February€ 58
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April€ 54
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June€ 56
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August€ 76
September€ 59
October€ 64
November€ 65
December€ 83

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