about us

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.

THE FOUNDER

Entrepreneur Yahya Al Zadjali was raised among a family that loves and appreciates the gifts of nature. Growing up in a small country village he soon developed an interest and passion for wild flowers and fruits. When his family moved to Muscat he was employed by the Royal Courts and he could often smell the beautiful perfumes of exotic flowers and wild roses from the royal gardens. This developed his interest in scents and perfumes further, and he was inspired to shape his passion into a profession.

As retirement from the Royal Court approached, he embarked on the journey towards realizing his passion. He decided that it was time to share with the world one of the oldest scents known to man, in a manner befitting of its grandiose status…

the brand

Raydan invites you to embark with us on a journey through biblical times and magnificent histories, along the frankincense trail of opulence and beauty.

Raydan takes inspiration for its name from the original name for Dhofar which 5,000 years ago was known as the Kingdom of Raydan. The kingdom was the original land of frankincense and so no other name seemed more fitting to convey the heritage and passion that lay behind the brand.

Raydan was born from the vision of celebrating the legendary trail of frankincense; something that is deeply embedded in the history and heritage of Oman. Raydan was founded by Mr Yahya Mohammed Somar Al Zadjali in 2008, under Azzomorroda Global Enterprises LLC, one of the leading perfume manufacturers and retailers in the Sultanate of Oman.