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 Ports and Stops on the
Maritime Incense Route
 
Sumhuram
Cane
Aden
Muza
Berinece
Philotera
Myos Hormos
Leuce Kome
Alia
Hawara
Gryn
Ayl
Rekem, (Petra)
Sela
Wadi Arabah
Wadi Fiqreh
Obodat
Ruheiba
Elusa
Gaza (Jenysos)
Alexandria

Further Information
Who were the ancient Arab Sea Traders?
Southern Arabia
Ancient Sailing and Navigation
History & Construction of the Dhow
Camels
Parallel Maritime Histories
The Incense Road

Aila Port

The Nabataeans maintained two ports that we know about. The first was Aila at the northern end of the Gulf of Aqaba. This port was used almost exclusively by Arab boats as the Gulf of Aqaba was known for its foul winds, making it a very difficult port for the square rigged European boats. (Casson, Periplus page 144) Arab dhows however, could sail much closer to the wind, and could better utilize Aila, providing it with goods from southern Arabia. It is interesting to note that the Romans ended their road at Aila, rather than continuing farther down the Arabian coast.

The second port of Leuce Come, which has not been positively identified to this day. One suggestion has been put forward that Leuce Come was actually Aila port. You can read about this by clicking this link.

Modern day Aqaba contains a few ruins from ancient times. However the modern city and port have almost obliterated the old ruins. Below left: Aqaba Beach. Right: Aqaba Fort

Aqaba Beach Turkish Fort in Aqaba

 

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