On the 25th July 2013 Google doodle celebrated Rosalind Franklin’s 93rd birthday. This British biophysicist and X-ray crystallographer (1920-1958) achieved the most fame with her DNA work. DNA is one of the three major macromolecules essential for all known forms of life. Shortly said: DNA is the blueprint of living beings. The DNA of Franklin was quite remarkable. Although her father didn’t agree with her choice to become a scientist, she went through. Although she was living in an era where men had more opportunities then women (for example only males were allowed in the university dining rooms) she became a scientist of the first rank. And although she missed the Noble Price in 1962, Rosalind died in 1958, her X-ray photographs of DNA where the most beautiful of any substance ever taken.
Now, about a year ago (December-January 2011-2012) I published my book: The DNA of Salalah – Dhofar. A Tourist Guide. DNA here used as the blueprint of the living beings in the south of the Sultanate of Oman nearby the Yemeni border. In January 2013 Treasure Chest Salalah-Dhofar. Oman Serial in English/Arabic came along.
The DNA of this place in the south is quite remarkable. In Salalah-Dhofar on 18th November 1940, the current leader Sultan Qaboos, the architect of the modernization of the country, was born. He brought the country from medieval time to the modern world.
Every year between June and September, only in Salalah, between Mirbat and across the border of Yemen, the khareef or the south-west monsoon brings magic in the air, in the daily life and in the annual Salalah Tourism Festival.
Three lifestyle groups, the Bedouin, the Jebali and the Hadr lives in the south according to their environment; respectively the desert, the Dhofar mountain range and the coastal plain with the city. Outward sign of difference is related to their agricultural activities.
For thousand of years Dhofar is the home base for Hojari, the best quality of frankincense. From April till September the trees are harvested. Frankincense is used in perfumes, oils, and is traditionally embedded in the daily life of the Omani people and now in my life.