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Sumhuram Old City, Salalah

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Ruin Tourist Spot
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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  • Yes it takes some time to get there, and if you're not interested in old "stuff", these ruins and museum may not interest you. I found it fascinating to wander amongst the ruins and imagine what happe...  more »
  • It takes about an hour by tour bus from the cruise terminal to get here. The ruins look down on the Wadi Darbat which opens to the Arabian Sea. Location is very strategic both for defensive purposes a...  more »
  • Real history here, museum small but ok, nice cove, ruins not great but it's worth a trip if your in area  more »