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Culture & Heritage
Environment and Nature
 City of Ubar


It lies in Shisr district, south of the Empty Quarter desert some 170 kms north of Salalah. Islamic sources refer to it as the home of the Azd people and record that the overland frankincense and incense trade route passed through the Empty Quarter. Carried out surveys and exploratory work on the site found pottery, glass, incense containers and fragments of chess set which dates it from the 1st century BC up to the early and middle Islamic period. It would appear that the site flourished as a trade centre up to the beginning of the 16th century AD when it ceased to be of commercial importance following the collapse of the frankincense trade. 




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