Oman tourism: Frankincense sites in Dhofar receive around 20,000 visitors
August 20, 2016 | 12:09 PM
by ONA

Muscat: Around 119,621 tourists visited the frankincense sites in Dhofar from 1st January to 16th August stood, according to the statistics prepared by the Office of His Majesty the Sultan's Advisor for Cultural Affairs.

The office is making endeavors to develop several archeological sites and provide them with necessary services to promote cultural and archeological tourism in Dhofar.

Ghanim bin Said Al Shanfri, Director of Frankincense Sites Department at the Office of His Majesty the Sultan's Advisor for Cultural Affairs said in a statement to Oman News Agency (ONA) to the marine façade for Al Baleed Archeological Park has been completed. It includes many coffee shops located directly on the beach view to provide services to visitors. An information centre was also set up in Wabar and Samahram archeological sites.

He added that the Office has developed a scientific plan to unearth the archeological sites. This plan includes archeological excavations, as well as their associated scientific and historic sites.

He also pointed out that excavations and exploration are underway at these archeological sites.

Al Baleed Archeological City, which stretches over 640,000 square meters, is located on the coastal strip in Salalah. There is a common consensus among archeologists that the site dates back to the Islamic era.

Frankincense Land Museum, which was opened on 23rd July 2003, provides an overview on Oman's history. The Museum provides a summary of Oman's rich cultural history throughout the ages.

The archeological sites that were inscribed at the World Heritage List under the name the Frankincense Road in 2000 includes Wadi Dokah, Shasr, Wabar, Khor Rori, Samhram and Al Baleed. The inscription comes in recognition of these sites' historic value for the world.

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