Samahram Old City, Samharam, Dhofar Governorate, Oman 

Located in Dhofar Governorate and is known to be part of the frankincense road. The location tells the story of an ancient civilization in Dhofar, as Samharam city and its reputed port which history dates back to 1000 BC constituted a link between Dhofar and other parts of the world.

It is reported that the port acquired fame and significance since ancient history as the jars of Omani frankincense bound to Balqees the Queen of Sheba were loaded from Samharam Port, which is located east of Salalah City in the region located between Wilayt Taqa and Mirbat. The area is currently called Bokhor Rori, and it is the natural course of the known Darbat waterfalls in Dhofar governorate.

The port is also known as “Moshka Port” that was prescribed in two Greek scrolls dating back to the era between the first and second centuries AD. Archeological excavations in Samharam city unearthed a number of scrolls, an old temple, coins and historical artifacts all of which indicated a close historic association with India, the countries between both rivers, and the Nile river area.

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