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“A unique historical site”

Ranked #9 of 38 things to do in Salalah
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Owner description: An ancient trade route with remains of the caravan oasis and trading ports.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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“A unique historical site”
Reviewed July 17, 2012

Very interesting to know that the lagoon style community was implemented long time ago and all designs at present just copied.

Visited July 2012
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“Magical place”
Reviewed June 24, 2012

Khor Rouri is a magical place. Not only because of the ruins and the stunning setting overlooking the sea. It's also a place where witches come together at full moon. Or so the locals say.
The water in the natural harbor is cristal clear and during the winter time you will see migratory birds in the Khor. It's a wonderful place for a walk with the family.

Visited August 2011
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“Frankin-sense ?”
Reviewed June 22, 2012

From the travelling I have done, it appears The Frankincense Trail tag covers a few sites dotted around Salalah, so i'll quickly describe the ones I am aware of ;

Queen of Sheba's Palace / Sumhuram / Khori Rori :

The three tags cover what is basically the remains of a ruined city East of Salalah on the coast, around 30 minutes drive. Admission prices seem to be per car ( 2 riyal if I remember correctly ) along a newly constructed cobbled road.

The palace / city is effectively blocks that are in part being reassembled by the workers on site, standing among a few uncovered city walls. There's also the remains of a smaller temple a short walk away ( foundations only ). There's a handful of signs describing the city, and also another road leading to a partially built replica of an old Arab boat. Forgive the description, my memory is fading !

There's also a gallery which I will admit we did not have time to enter.

Al Baleed archaeological park / citadel ( Salalah Beach, next to Crowne Plaza ) and Museum

Again, entry was a couple of riyals per car, the gates may be locked between 1pm and 4pm in the dry season so check opening times !

The onsite museum is new and very well kept. As with other Salalah attractions out of season - has no visitors ( or it seemed that way ) Simply put, there's a hall dedicated to Oman's maritime history and another hall containing the usual bits of old pot and stone dug up from around The Queen of Sheba's Palace. Small onsite tourist shop selling the usual stuffed camels made in China.

The park itself is a track that leads around various piles of stones leant against previously buried foundations of lost buildings. You know the drill. A nice diversion regardless.

UNESCO Frankincense Tree area :

On the road to Thumrait, around 45 minutes from Salalah is possibly the best UNESCO site ever. Weeks alter and i'm still talking about it !

Simply put, a brown tourist style sign leads you to a small unoccupied car park that has a very aged sign ( understandable - in May the temperature was 49c according to the car ) and a small path. The path loops for no more than 50 metres giving a view of, well, nothing.

I'm sure the view of a field of frankincense trees to some might be a wonderful thing, but our group definitely saw the unintentional comedy in it all. To me, it resembled a builders yard.

Then again, we visited in May before the rains. Perhaps we missed the point and the joke was on us.

Visited May 2012
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“Worth a visit”
Reviewed June 22, 2012

It's not too far to drive there and interesting to see how this site is being developed to maximise high season tourism.
Spend time looking closely at the frankincense collection process

Visited May 2012
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“Just to see how you can get out of a tree just this wonderful smell to take home”
Reviewed May 14, 2012

you have to have the right guide otherwise you are lost

Visited April 2012
2 Thank Saliter
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