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Green landscapes in an unexpected place

Green landscapes in an unexpected place
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Can you guess a moment where we are: Iceland? Ireland? Norway?

We are much further southeast… in the Arabian Peninsula: for three-months over summer, the landscape becomes a sea of green as the monsoon rains sweep though.

Salalah is blessed with a cool climate and green scenery from July to September due to this unique monsoon. This natural phenomenon has long drawn seasonal migrations to the coast – but in the 21st century it is drawing tourists from the Arabian Gulf fleeing the scorching summer heat.

Muna al-Ajmi, visitor:
“Having a city with such a weather in a country where mostly the weather is hot, this itself makes it magical and we wanted to experience it.”

While temperatures hit 40-50 degrees Celsius across the Gulf region, the temperature here hasn’t exceeding the 20s.