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Tripoli gained in importance as a trading centre for the whole Mediterranean after it was inhabited by the Islamic Umayyad Tripoli was the port city of Damascus; second military port of the Islamic Umayyad shipbuilding center wealthy principality under the Banu Ammar emirs. During a visit for the traveler Nasir-i-Khusrau in 1047, he estimated the size of the population in Tripoli to be around 20,000. Tripoli today approximately 1,500,000 inhabitants