SALALAH, Oman – Oman's foggy monsoon season draws thousands of visitors seeking relief from scorching temperatures elsewhere in the Arab world.
The season lasts three months, beginning this year June 21. It includes a 60-day festival of dance competitions, concerts and even exorcisms performed by Sufis.
Visitors picnic on cloud-veiled mountains and hike stone cliffs over the sea. But mostly they enjoy cooler temperatures — averaging 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit), compared to 50 Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) elsewhere in the region.