Spring season has arrived in Dhofar after the end of Khareef, and across the governorate one can experience pleasant weather, sunshine, low humidity, calm seas as well as clear and spectacular landscapes of mountains, plains and desert, and to watch colourful flower beds.
Also known as Al Sarb season locally, spring starts from the end September and lasts for about 4 weeks every year.
Al Sarb is also a harvest and business season during which farmers, fishermen, livestock breeders and honey traders are busy.
Temperatures will be around 20 degrees Celsius in the mountains and 26-28 degrees in the low lying areas during the day.
The season also rolls out green carpet for the camels and herders who descend to the plains for the annual journey or Al Khatlah. The roads, beaches and slopes of Salalah and adjoining areas will be flooded with camels from Wadi Nahiz, Wadi Darbat, Wadi Ghaydat, and other areas.
The camels are accompanied on their journey by herdsmen on four wheel vehicles or pick-ups. The journey lasts for about a month, during which these herds move from one place to another in search of fodder. The plains and mountains of the governorate provide pastures for approximately 74 per cent of the cows and 71 per cent of the camels in the Sultanate.
Photos by Dr Sachin Singh