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Oman / Mattrah

The market place in the old caravan town of Mattrah, Oman, Middle East. During the date harvest the mountains resound with the bleating of thousands of camels. Date: 1930s

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Arabia Camel Camels Caravan Date Harvest Oman Thousands Bleating


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This evocative photograph captures the bustling marketplace in the ancient caravan town of Mattrah, Oman, in the Middle East during the 1930s. Nestled at the foot of the Al Hajar Mountains, Mattrah was a significant stopover for traders traveling between the Arabian Peninsula and the Indian subcontinent. The date harvest was a time of great celebration and activity, as the mountains resounded with the bleating of thousands of camels laden with dates and other precious cargo. The marketplace came alive with merchants and travelers exchanging goods and stories, creating a vibrant and diverse cultural exchange. This historical image transports us back in time, offering a glimpse into the rich history and traditions of Oman and the Middle East." "The photograph showcases the unique character of Mattrah, a town steeped in history and tradition. The date palms, a staple of the Omani diet and economy, can be seen in the background, their tall silhouettes contrasting against the clear blue sky. The marketplace itself is a hive of activity, with people and animals milling about, adding to the sense of movement and energy. The photograph also highlights the importance of camels in Omani culture, as they were essential for transportation and trade during this period. Overall, this image offers a captivating glimpse into the past, providing a window into the history and traditions of Oman and the Middle East during the 1930s.

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