Dhofar coast, Oman 20 Dhul Qadah, 1428
Dhofar is supposedly a blessed place. It has long been considered by its inhabitants to have some special divine protection. I was told this during my visit, and Ibn B was told the same thing;
“One of the special properties and marvels of this city is that no one approaches it with an evil design but his guile turns on himself and he is prevented from attaining it.”
Even the author of the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea writing in the 1st century AD wrote of the special atmosphere of the site of Khor Rouri, known to the Greeks as Moscha, which he felt must have the protection of a god. Ironically, nowadays the locals believe there are jinn or jinni, there and most people would never visit after dark for fear of them. (As has been mentioned on this site, the Arabic word ‘jinn’ is the origin of the English word ‘genie’ of Aladdin’s lamp fame.)
Khor Rouri was built by a Hadhramut King sometime around the 1st century BC, for the export of frankincense. But like al-Baleed it suffered a reversal of fortune and today it is an isolated inlet (‘khor’ means inlet separated from the sea by a sand bar) home to flamingoes, herons and eagles.