Jan 28th – Salalah, Oman

Our port of call yesterday was Salalah, Oman. We did a half day tour and were pretty underwhelmed. The port is in a commercial area so if it’s containers you want to see, this is the place. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and tried to do his best to make Salalah interesting – not an easy talk.

The best part of the tour was visiting Samharam, the remains of a fortified port which had been very central to the frankincense trade. It was built/active from the 3rd century BC to the 5th AD.

The other interesting bit was seeing camels wondering hither and yon. We did see what looked like a keeper/shepherd? following a group of camels. What we saw in general was very bland and seemed characterless.  A surprising fact is that his part of Oman does get rain, it had rained the day before we got there. It’s still quite arid but not a desert.

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