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In deserts of Oman, Salalah brings relief for visitors from scorching heat; see pictures

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Thu August 24 2017, 6:30 pm
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    On the eastern edge of the Arabian peninsula, a region disappears under sky-wide blankets of fog as the desert blooms green. The mountains ringing Salalah trap moisture from the Indian Ocean monsoon. Air pressure pockets above Saudi Arabia and Tibet drive air currents to Oman as the temperature difference between scorching sands in the Arabian peninsula and cooler waters churned up by Indian Ocean winds produce rain-heavy clouds. (AP Photo)

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    Despite heavy fog, thousands of people visit the lush mountains and coasts. Along the road, stalls sell coconuts, papaya and bananas. Nearer the mountains, vendors roast camel fat and meat on hot rocks. Islamic calls to prayer ring out from a golden seaside mosque in a foggy palm grove. (AP Photo)

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    Atop Iteen mountain, hundreds visit the shine of the Prophet Job, or "Nebi Ayoub" in Arabic: a green coffin covered in gold moons and stars in a tomb above a spring where legend says Job was miraculously healed. (AP Photo)

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    On a fog-shrouded plateau, picnickers sing and snap selfies below emerald mountains. Above the monsoon, a few peaks are visible with crystal-clear vistas of white clouds, blue sky and golden sun. (AP Photo)

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    At the coast, a faint rain falls incessantly. Vendors sell umbrella hats and plastic ponchos alongside mango and grilled meat to crowds hiking the stone cliffs of al-Maghsayl, where waves have bored tunnels through seaside rocks. The blow-holes roar, then burst jets of water, wetting giddy visitors. (AP Photo)

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    star Anantara resort. The resort hosts Arab tourists seeking moderate summer temperatures and Europeans in winter. (AP Photo)

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