On This Day . . .
Overnight we traveled to the other side of Oman to the Port of Salalah arriving on March 28, 2015. Salalah, unlike mountainous Muscat, is located in a desert and was once the major port for shipping Frankincense. Still today it is produced and shipped all over the world. We traveled around the desert stopping at the Frankincense Souq with many stalls. Some stalls the vendors were ladies dressed in the traditional berkas. As we drove around the country there were many walls painted with murals of the ruler of the country Sultan Qaboos. The desert had small scattered communities most of which had lots of new construction. In the foothills of the Qara Mountains we stopped at the Ayn Razat Oasis. We then went to the seaside town of Taqah, to see some traditional buildings and a watch tower. Our last stop was at the UNESCO World heritage site of Sumhuram, which was the first frankincense port in Oman. There were many free range camels along the roadside as we returned to the ship. On this day there were many weddings going on and we could see the large tents set up for the festivities. In Oman everyone is invited to the reception so they can have as many as 2,000 people.