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Step into the aromatic embrace of Al Hosn Souq, a place where history intertwines with scents that have graced Salalah for generations. Nestled near the Sultan’s palace, this souq derives its name from ‘Al Hosn,’ translating to ‘palace,’ reflecting its regal connection.
The Frankincense Tale
Within Al Hosn Souq, the echoes of history ride on the delicate notes of frankincense. Revered as the “Frankincense Souq” among travel guides, this marketplace stands as a sanctuary for this cherished resin, an emblem of Salalah’s enduring heritage.
Oud and Bakkhoor: Fragrance and Charm
Beyond frankincense’s embrace, Al Hosn Souq extends an invitation to experience the allure of oud and bakhoor. Oud, often referred to as “liquid gold,” enchants with its scent, while bakhoor, a scented incense blend, weaves an atmosphere of tranquility and allure.
Why is Oud Significant in Islam?
Oud holds deep significance in Islam. Its purity, attributed to a divine gift, resonates with followers. Believed to have been used by the Last Prophet, Muhammed, in rituals, Oud’s pristine nature makes it a cherished companion before prayers and during Islamic occasions.
The Mystique of Bakhoor
Bakhoor, a fusion of Sandalwood and Agarwood-chip powders, dances with scented oils and resins, creating a unique moist allure. Oud (agarwood), on the other hand, emerges as the forest’s precious black gold, boasting an utterly natural, God-gifted aroma that captivates with its uniqueness.
Post-Souq Highlights: Haffa Beach and More
Completing your souq shopping, let Haffa Beach fascinate you. A white sand beach just beyond the souq, invites for a walk or a quick swim. Our recommendation is to time your visit for the sunset, as it’s one of the most beautiful Salalah has to offer. The new promenade Al Haffa Waterfront invites for some cold drinks and a meal or delicious coffee with sweet cake.
Conclusion about Al Hosn Souq
Al Hosn Souq transcends being a market; it’s a tale spun with scents and stories, a journey through time and tradition. As you step through its fragrant threshold, you’re transported to Salalah’s soul, where history and aroma merge into an enchanting experience. Let the breeze guide you through the fragrant passages of Salalah’s legacy.