Sunday 23th it’s World Book Day. In Oman you don’t need a book to discover the area. In the north, the geology of the landscape is an open book, geologists told me. In Dhofar the geology of the landscape is a more hidden matter. That’s why perhaps it is also the region where the magic rituals of the frankincense still exist. The ‘Rub al Khali’ has seldom been inhabited. That’s why local call this ecological region the ‘Empty Quarter.’
Geologists nicknamed the Rub al Khali , the ‘Valuable Quarter,’ caused by findings of plant species and 24 different birds. Studies have shown that as recently as 40.000 years ago this desert was an area of lakes and rivers, where water buffalo’s thrived…The protected sandgrouse adapted to the desert, is one of the rarest of the Sultanate’s bird species. Rarely found by birdwatchers, this bird can even out fly a falcon. To reach spotting area’s you better take a guide with you…Read More
It’s worthwhile to do the drive to Hasik area, about 205km east from Salalah. Hasik was involved in the ancient frankincense trade. It has a natural sheltered harbor. The area refuges nestling turtles and migrant birds. And…there is always the magic of the steep limestone hills broken by wadis, small creeks and sandy beaches…What are you waiting for….!Read More
Sightseeing in Dhofar is always exciting. Besides beautiful cliffs plunching down to the sea, typical for the west of Salalah, there are the camels who makes the environment alive. Historically camels were important when frankincense trade was at the highest point. Still today the camels make their way independently during the day. So you can find them everywhere even on and along the road. For several reasons camels have a special place in the heart of the Omani’s as expressed in the pictures of our guests during their tour to Jebel Al Qamar .
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Beside the sunny side of Dhofar, there are also the colors of the stones that are a pleasure for the eye.
Four easy words describe what ‘Dhofar’ is all about.
Four ecological landscapes are involved…
Four pictures, four reasons to travel too…
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This documentary is still a special one, with information about the ‘grandeur of the Frankincense trail’ in the past. For thousand of years frankincense has been prized in ancient times and was valued more than gold. The first part of the documentary is in the south of Oman, in Dhofar, where the Boswellia Sacra or Frankincense tree is at home. For the filming Kate Humble could count on the experience of Arabian Sand Tours.
But…anyone who wants to follow the footsteps of the Frankincense trail in Dhofar, or who wants to organize a stay in the desert where the camel caravans went through…just send Arabian Sand Tours an email….Read More