Muza (Okelis)

The port of Muza (also Mouza, al-Mukhā) has been in use since ancient time. However, once the maritime incense route was established, this port became a busy center of trade. Once the Nabataean Empire was handed over to the Romans, many Nabataean merchants relocated here and continued trade with India and China. During her golden age, the population of Mokka bordered the 20,000 inhabitants. Today the population has been reduced to a hundred inhabitants with the port being used by local fishermen and smugglers.

circa 700 CE

Remains of an old lighthouse at Okelis (Muza)

An old lighthouse. This port might have been used by Muslims migrants as well to reach ancient port of Adulis, during their migration to Abyssinia during the first half of seventh century CE.

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