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Port Description

Salalah, Oman

Modern resorts mingle with ancient history in this perfumed Persian Gulf port. Frankincense is everywhere. The mystical scent emanates from temple censers, open windows, and market stalls. The source--a bounty of craggy, gnarly trees--dots the landscape, their twisted shapes mimicking that of a belly dancer or sword dancer, set in motion by the breeze. On the beach, the crevasses between the rocks create intermittent blowholes that stretch along miles of coast. A small distance from town, biblical Job rests in his sacred tomb on Mount Eiteen.