history & craft
Dhofar is a great noble and fine city, much white incense is produced here and I will tell you how it grows’ Marco Polo -1285. Frankincense is a white resin extracted from the Boswellia tree family. It can vary significantly in colour and this is one of the factors used to indicate its value.
The Frankincense tree dates back approximately 7,000 years and has been an important commodity across the world. It has a place in religion, has been given as a gift and has been used as part of a beatification process. At one point it was considered as valuable as gold. Its history in the
Sultanate of Oman can be seen in the Frankincense route – the trade centre for frankincense that has been listed in UNESCO’s world heritage list.
Omani Frankincense, and specifically the Dhofar Hojri Frankincense, is
considered of the highest grade. This is due to the climate of the Dhofar region and the higher altitude at which the Frankincense trees grow.