Competition for tourist dollars has increased in the Omani oasis, where regional tensions seem far away.
Salalah, Oman – Tourists crowd atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the aqua seascape of Taqah, smiling as their Omani guide snaps a photo.
Down the coastal road towards Salalah, visitors pause by a row of tropical fruit stands to snack on fresh bananas and sip coconut water.
In this desert paradise, regional tensions seem to drift away. War is raging across the border in neighbouring Yemen, and Oman’s fellow Gulf Cooperation Council members are locked in an unprecedented diplomatic crisis – but on a recent afternoon, visitors to Salalah were simply enjoying the sunshine and stunning scenery.
“Oman is one of the safest places in the world,” said German tourist Thomas Fink. “I wasn’t worried at all about coming here.”
Wabar is one of the most important heritage sites in the Governorate of Dhofar.
The site was listed on UNESCO’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage list in 2000 in the Governorate of Dhofar, under the name of Frankincense Land Sites, with Al Baleed Park archaeological, Samahram Archaeological Park and Frankincense Sanctuary in Wadi Dokka.
During 1992-1995, the Sultanate, in cooperation with the University of South Missouri, explored this historic site on top of a limestone hill.
Although archaeologists discovered small sites scattered in the area dating back to the Stone Age (5000-4000 BCE), settlement events in the region was there during the Iron Age (325 BC – 625 AD), where some pottery and frankincense tools were found in the castle. They belong to the first century BC to the middle of the Islamic era.
The Centre includes an external shade, general information in the site, as well as other utilities that meet the visitors’ needs.
Salalah: Under the auspices of Sayyid Mohammed bin Sultan Al Busaidi, Minister of State and Governor of Dhofar, the Information centre at Ubar archeological site was opened on Tuesday in the Governorate of Dhofar.
On the occasion Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al Rowas, His Majesty the Sultan’s Advisor for Cultural Affairs was present.
The event was attended by President of Pisa University of Italy and Professor Alessandra Avanzini, Head of Italian Archeological Mission to the Sultanate.
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Salalah: As the harvest season for Salalah’s famed frankincense groves begin, so does the tourist season for the Dhofar region, which sees close to a 1,000 visitors come to the city every March.
The prime areas of attraction for visitors are within the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has been dubbed the ‘Land of Frankincense,’ and consists of four different areas of interest: the ancient ports of Khor Rori and Al Baleed, which shipped the famed resin from the south of Oman to the rest of the ancient world, to places, such as Egypt, China and across Europe, the old trade depot of Shisr, and the frankincense trees of Wadi Dawka.