If you love mystery, then you will definitely fall in love with this place. You may wonder if Atlantis of the Sands really exists. Sir Ranulph Fiennes made this place popular by writing a book titled as ‘Atlantis of the Sands – the Search for the Lost City of Ubar’. Over time this city made entry into websites, articles, films and even Disney features. This lost city continues to trigger debates among scholars over its existence
An archaeological discovery announced in New York Times in February, 1992. Sir Ranulph was a member of this discovery team. According to Wikipedia, Sir Ranulph maintains that ‘this was Omanum Emporium of Ptolemy’s famous map of Arabia Felix.’ That conclusion is based on the satellite photographs taken as well as the inspection. The newspapers mentioned that the archaeologists had come across a lost city among the sands of Arabia. That city is called Ubar. When that revelation was out, people grew interested in going there and experiencing this ‘lost city’.
These remains attract a lot of tourists to Salalah. Hotels have sprung up in numbers. Around five millennia ago, Ubar was flourishing as a trading place of frankincense, which was mostly used in religious ceremonies as well as on medicines and perfumes. At the time frankincense was worth it’s weight in gold. If you stay at a fairly nearby resort such as Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara or similar others, you will be able to visit this ancient site more conveniently.
Why is the city considered lost, one may naturally wonder. With the flourishing industry of frankincense, the rulers of Ubar became rich; but the rich eventually turned out to be wicked. As a result, the city is said to have been completely demolished by either natural disasters or a god-given punishment. Over time, the city has been given a number of names such as Ubar, Wabar and Iram. With all these mystery elements shrouded around the city of Ubar, it is the perfect place to quench your thirst for mystery and exploration.
Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+