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The business of Oud, one of the world’s most expensive scents

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<p>Oud has been a key ingredient of traditional Middle Eastern perfumes for thousands of years.</p> <p>The distinctive musky scent comes from the wood of the Indian and South American Agarwood tree.</p> <p>Customarily, in its pure oil form, men wear it as a cologne, while women burn woodchips, and waft the perfume through their hair and clothing.</p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/71/41/714195/1600x900_bonus-s2ep13-ime-bb1-290319.jpg" alt="" /><br /> <em>Oud in incense form</em></p> <p>Abdulla Ajmal’s family have worked in the UAE’s oud industry for three generations.</p> <p>“People say about my father that oud speaks to him, he’s able to identify the different grades (and) qualities,” said Abdulla Ajmal, the general manager of Ajmal Perfumes.</p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/71/41/714195/1600x900_bonus-s2ep13-ime-bb2-290319.jpg" alt="" /><br /> <em>Oud range of perfumes in the making</em></p> <h2><span class="caps">HOW</span> <span class="caps">MUCH</span> <span class="caps">DOES</span> <span class="caps">OUD</span> <span class="caps">COST</span>?</h2> <p>Extracting the aromatic dark resin from Agarwood trees is costly.</p> <p>A kilo of oud wood yields just 1ml of resin and a 12ml bottle of high-quality oud can cost up to 2,700 euros (3,000 US dollars).</p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/71/41/714195/1600x900_bonus-s2ep13-ime-bb3-290319.jpg" alt="" /><br /> <em>Oud wood</em></p> <p>Due to the demand in the region, Ajmal imports more than 40 tonnes of oud wood every year.</p> <p>The scent can be affected by many factors, such as the wood’s origin and the time it was purified for.</p> <h2><span class="caps">OUD</span> <span class="caps">AROUND</span> <span class="caps">THE</span> <span class="caps">WORLD</span></h2> <p>“Some origins have a fruity aspects, Indian tend to be more earthy and Far Eastern versions are more smoky, but these are the only subtle differences and obviously for the customer, it makes a huge difference,” said Ajmal. </p> <p>“Emiratis prefer more Indian origin ouds, whereas Saudi’s prefer more Cambodia, which is more from the Far East,” he added. </p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/71/41/714195/1600x900_bonus-s2ep13-ime-bb4-290319.jpg" alt="" /><br /> <em>Abdulla Ajmal, general manager of Ajmal Perfumes</em></p> <p>Famous global perfume houses have started to integrate oud into their ranges in order to target Middle East clients. </p> <p>Emirati chemical engineer and perfume mogul, Ali Al Jaberi, who manufactures his fragrances in France, believes the inclusion caters well to changing consumer tastes. </p> <p>He also points out that there is a growing movement for personalised scents, from boutique producers with limited production. </p> <p>“Today I guess ‘niche perfumery’ is the trend worldwide especially in this region. The growth is really dramatic and it’s even attracting big companies to be a part of it,” said Ali Al Jaberi, the founder of AJ Arabia.</p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/71/41/714195/1600x900_bonus-s2ep13-ime-bb5-290319.jpg" alt="" /><br /> <em>Ali Al Jaberi, the founder of AJ Arabia</em></p> <p>“Niche perfumery is brands dedicated to quality perfumes they’re really small, don’t have a big budget but they’re all about quality perfumes,” he explained.</p> <p>Al Jaberi is a trailblazer in progressive perfumery and believes that infusing traditional local ingredients, like oud with other foreign scents is the key to future success.</p> <h2><span class="caps">SEEN</span> ON <span class="caps">SOCIAL</span>: <span class="caps">SENSING</span> <span class="caps">OUD</span></h2> <p>Saudi-based Angeliki from Greece says that she likes strong Arabic scents like oud as they remind her of her homeland. </p> <p><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BetTUZjFpuW/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12" style=" background:#FFF; 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