In its first Khareef Salalah 2014 statistical report, the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) uncovered the number of visitors to Dhofar Governorate since the start of the monsoon, which stood at 31,128, including Omanis and international visitors, in the period of June 21st to July 16th, 2014.
According to the report, 12,703 visitors flew to Salalah, 10,462 via domestic flights and 2,241 via international flights, while the number of road travelers to Dhofar region stood at 18,425.
These figures show an overall decrease in the number of visitors compared to the same period of 2013 where the recorded visitors figure stood at 39,767 visitors (10,091 came via domestic flights, while 1,447 came via international flights, totaling 11,538, in addition to 28,229 visitors who arrived by car).
In preparation for the season, NCSI has introduced for the first time a self-counting platform to be used by Salalah visitors, 6 devices were installed at Salalah International Airport, and 4 devices were installed at Muscat International Airport. Travelers can easily fill the electronic forms as they pass through the airports in a very simple and convenient way. Additionally, NCSI representatives are available on the spot 24/7 to provide any required assistance, and once the forms are filled data will automatically be available to the concerned department at NCSI through the system. For road travelers, hard-copy forms are distributed at international border posts to be filled and submitted at Hareet Police check point in Dhofar Governorate.
According to nationalities and entry points, the majority of Dhofar visitors in the stated period were GCC citizens, standing at 23,501 (Omanis included 22,128). Out of the GCC visitors, including Omanis, 8,699 visitors arrived through airports, 7,171 domestically and 1,528 internationally, while 14,802 was the number of visitors who arrived via ground posts. Visitors from different Arab countries in the same period were 1,392 while 5,244 was the number of visitors from Asian countries, 126 from Africa, 622 from Europe, 171 from America, 52 from Australia and New Zealand, and 20 from unspecified countries.
As for Omani visitors per permanent place of residence, 8,040 visitors were from Muscat Governorate, comprising 36.3% of the total number of Omanis who visited Salalah during the stated period. Al Dakhliyah and Al Batinah governorates followed with 2,985 and 2,963, representing 13.5% and 13.4% respectively. Omanis living abroad represented 1.1% of the number of Omanis visiting Salalah with the number standing at 254 visitors.