DHOFAR, OMAN

Travel Notes


The Dhofar region of Oman offers a diverse landscape of supreme beauty stretching from the Arabian Sea coastal shores to the Rub’ al Khali, the world’s largest sand dune area. The area yields the best quality grades of frankincense. Visitors come from all over Arabia to see the spectacular greening of the mountains and low-lying areas during the Khareef season between July and September when the rest of the peninsula is unbearably hot. Local tour operator Marhaba Dhofar can assist with customized overnight excursions within the incredible landscapes S+O witnessed on our story travels.

Currency
Omani Rial

Time Zone
Gulf Standard Time
Language
Arabic, Local Bedouin Dialects

Local Cuisine
Middle Eastern fused with Indian and African
Best time to visit
Year Round

Dress Code
Flowing Caftans and Bedouin Scarves
WHERE TO STAY

AL BALEED RESORT BY ANANTARA

Al Mansura
Salalah 360, Oman

RUB' AL KHALI DESERT CAMPING

Empty Quarter
Dhofar, Oman

WHERE TO SHOP

AL-HUSN SOUQ

Sultan Quaboos
Salalah 211, Oman

WHAT TO VISIT

RUB' AL KHALI DESERT

Empty Quarter
Dhofar, Oman

WADI DAWKAH

Salalah - Thamrit - Muscat Highway
Dhofar, Oman

LAND OF FRANKINCENSE MUSUEM

As Sultan Quaboos
Salalah 211, Oman

LOST CITY OF UBAR

Ubar
Dhofar,Oman

REQUIRED READING

BY JULIET HIGHET

PURCHASE
The Objects

Exclusive Edition 019 OMANI FRANKINCENSE


Frankincense from the Boswellia sacra tree in Dhofar, Oman is considered to be the best quality in the world and long revered by the ancient societies of our world. The resin can be used for medicinal purposes, such as a frankincense water tonic, digestive aid and chewing gum, or as more commonly used as incense.

Details

Sourced directly from the traders at Salalah's famed souk. This frankincense blend contains the two highest grades, Hoojri and Najdi, both harvested in the green mountains and rocky deserts of the Dhofar region by traditional methods used by local Bedouins for thousands of years. Sold out on S+O and available exclusively on Goop in limited supply.

The Story

THE MYTHIC MILK


Suhail Al-Mahri is a Bedouin guide living in Salalah, Oman. Al-Mahri is from Oman’s largest tribe of Bedouins, the Al-Mahri, from which he takes his name. Bedouins usually spend harvest season taking shelter from the heat, wind or even rain within the caves of the wadis where the resin is found. Al-Mahri, along with many of his tribesmen, continues to believe in the medicinal and mythic attributes of frankincense, known locally as Al-Luban, meaning “from milk.”