Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh

Shopping for Christmas treasures in Oman

Words: Lee Tulloch, Photography: Tony Amos
big Majmar, Muscat
Muttrah souq, Muscat
frankincense, Muttrah souq, Muscat
Muttrah souq, Muscat
frankincense tree, Wadi Dawkah
myrrh, frankincense souq, Salalah
frankincense sap, Wadi Dawkah
camels at Sumhuram
massar and robes, frankincense souq, Salalah
frankincense, majmar
Chedi, Muscat
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The mesmerising souks of Muscat and Salalah in Oman are treasure troves of the fragrant resins, frankincense and myrrh, and gold can better value there than Dubai. At Christmas time, what better place to do a little (or a lot of) shopping for the storied gifts of the Magi? In honour of the gift-giving season, we track down the frankincense to its source and find out about its magical properties. (Did you know you can eat it?) Two not-so-wise people on the trail of the Three Wise Men…

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