The section of the Dhofar Mountains north of Salalah, known as the Jebel Qara, is less spectacular than the ranges to the east and west, although it boasts a couple of worthwhile attractions, including the peaceful mausoleum of Nadi Ayoub (popularly known as Job’s Tomb) and the Pools of Ayoun. The main attractions north of Salalah, however, lie in the interior beyond the mountains, in the fragmentary remains of the legendary city of Ubar at the village of Shisr and, further inland still, in the great sand dunes at the edge of the Empty Quarter, one of the world’s greatest and most inhospitable deserts.

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