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Sumhuram Old City, Salalah

Categories: Ruins, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
Creating a picturesque scene, the off-white ruins of Sumhuram Old City sit atop a small hill, once enclosed by limestone walls and overlooking the Wadi Darbat River. The city was a major port in its heyday, but was abandoned 500-600 years after its founding in the the first century. Passing through a small gateway into the surprisingly dense city ruins, you’ll come across inscriptions about the city's founding in ancient Arabic, along with what remains of the city's commercial, religious, and residential districts. Visit the nearby museum for information on frankincense and the area's ancient trade routes. Arrange to visit Sumhuram Old City and other attractions in Salalah using our Salalah trip builder.
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  • The ancient city was built in 300 BC. The ruins themselves are interesting and the view of the ocean and river is breathtaking. Highly recommended. 
  • This is definitely worth a visit if in the Salalah area. Pay when you drive in with your car (if taking a taxi, make sure to have the taxi drive you all the way in). It was a little tough to navigate ...  read more »
  • worth a quick visit on your way to other attractions. Nice views, and gives you something to do in Salalah 
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