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Waiting for the Khareef (part 1)

The poetry of rain

This month ‘Salalah’ is waiting for the rain to come. By googling, the word ‘Khareef or south west monsoon’ immediately websites for Salalah, Dhofar jumps up. Pictures and stories in several blogs praise the beauty of the season. Salalah is the only place in the whole of the Arabian Peninsula who deals with the magic of rain. Like a wizard, the rain, the moisture and the fog changes the arid environment. Flora and fauna start moving. The Khareef causes a wave of migration of people from Asia, from India, from all over the world and from people living in countries around the Sultanate. Especially for the latest, Salalah is a perfect destination to escape from the high temperatures in their cities. And traditionally there is the yearly Salalah Tourism Festival. This year the Festival will begin on the second day of Eid Al Fitr towards the end of July, and will conclude on September 6. With the Khareef, the landscape becomes full of fairy tales.

 

Waiting for the Khareef...copyr.MDK

Waiting for the Khareef…copyr.MDK

Magical touch of the Khareef....copyr. MDK

Magical touch of the Khareef….copyr. MDK

While waiting for the rain, it is nice to listen to and to read the “Song of the Rain” from the Libanese artist, poet and writer Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931). In this poem, it is the rain herself singing her song when coming down.

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