Sumhuram Old City
Sumhuram Old City
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Soumya Nayak
Dubai, United Arab Emirates651 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Sumhuram is a UNESCO Heritage Site. They charge 2 OMR per car entry fee, irrespective of the number of people in the car. We first went to the museum which had a short video about the history of this site. It was a famous port once upon a time for export of frankincense & import of other items. The heritage site which has only the walls (no roof) was the village. The video explained it all.

Those interested in history & archeology would find this interesting. But nothing more to see or do at this place. There is the beach, but there are multiple other spots around Salalah to enjoy the beach.
Written November 4, 2021
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Aniaggg
Warsaw, Poland85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
Very interesting site. The 4 thousand years old harbor is located in the natural lagoon.
The use of water and tides to ship the oilbanum is quite surprising.
We have been there in late December and it was quite warm but the wind made a visit pleasant.
Well rebuilt and preserved ancient construction.
I recommend visiting it.
Written January 26, 2022
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Ali Nazifpour
Tehran, Iran30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Visiting this place is free alongside the Museum of Frankincense Land. It is a sublime experience, with ample explanations provided on the boards, and a feeling of visiting ruins of a lost oasis, which shows the fickle nature of human achievements. It's a rare opportunity.
Written April 23, 2024
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Mary
Tucson, AZ36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Best advice? Take your time here. This was once an important port city on the frankincense trade routes. I was on a cruise excursion and we were rushed. There is good signage but it would be good to have a knowledgeable guide. There seems to be a visitor’s center which we didn’t see. In spite of these limitations, it was a really interesting site to visit. The frankincense tree is fascinating. There are clearly defined areas of function -- living, storage, meeting.
Written March 8, 2023
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Shefeekkk
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates227 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Friends
Sumhuram archaeological site is a UNESCO world heritage site. The ancient site is built in the area of Khor Rori - (Near Wadi Darbat). Visit the gallery within the site to see some of the 3 rd Century BC to 1 St century AD finds from the site including some evocative old buildings. a small lake sorround by this site.
Written July 14, 2016
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JAMS51
Helensburgh, UK754 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
A fascinating site dating back to the 3rd century BC with links to the Frankincense trade & the Queen of Sheba. Good facilities & plenty of signs giving you information about the different areas, there is a video presentation & computer information points in the visitors center.

Well worth a visit.
Written March 15, 2020
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Sid S
Hong Kong, China36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Sumhuram might have been the palace of Queen Sheba but no one can tell for sure. The excavation is still going on. It’s sitting on a very strategic location, on a mount facing the sea with two big mountains guarding the entry, and the other side is a valley with water source. It’s supposed to be an important location for Frankincense trade. It's a must-see in Salalah and totally blows your mind when you think about the history and significance of this place.
Written December 25, 2019
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English07734
Salalah, Oman12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Family
About half an hour outside Salalah toward Mirbat in a khor, or inlet. There's a museum nearby that makes for an interesting browse, but not nearly as captivating as Al Baleed. Good for walking, though. When we visited, there was a herd of camels grazing in the khor itself. Made for some fun photography.
Written August 16, 2017
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Belleraphon
Los Angeles, CA144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
Not just a ruin, compact enough and excavated/restored to be interesting. Explained well in the small free museum. Now I come to write- go to the museum first then the site. The museum is just down the hill past it. That way you will know well what you are looking at on the ground. The track alongside the museum leads down to the most fabulous unspoilt beach. Take some basic refreshments and your beach stuff and linger there with the place to yourself except maybe some camels. 4 x4 not essential.
Written December 23, 2014
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NizwaAli
Nizwa11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Family
The city is a good place to visit and understand the history, but the facilities there are not so attractive, because the road leading to the city is not a smooth one, as it is not asphalted, there is less movement of people so it gives a deserted look. the best time to visit the place is about 11.00am to 2.30pm.
Written February 16, 2013
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