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Dhow Central

Sur is an ancient port and trading town that lies on the east coast 300km from Muscat. The Wilayat has a population of 50,000 making it the largest town in the Sharqiya region. The Portugese, who ruled the Gulf in the 16th Century, occupied Sur until it was recaptured by Nasser Murshid, first Imam of Ya'aruba Dynasty, in the 17th century. The town played a major part in the trade between Oman, East Africa and India. A variety of goods were imported and exported through its port. It was one of the renowned centres for shipbuilding in the country, with a great production of traditional dhows. In 1861, when Zanzibar and Oman split to become two Sultanates, Sharqiya still had a fleet of more than 100 dhows. The seperation had an impact on Oman. Trade suffered in Sur and with the arrival of the British India Steamer Navigation Company meant Omani ships were less in demand. Recently with the the construction of roads and services has improved Sur and the city is once again a prosperous town. Sur is a traditional and beautiful city and it is a highlight of the Sharqiya region.

Dhow Building

Situated on the sheltered lagoon, there are dhows in various stages of construction and you can follow the building process. Huge imported teak logs are used to build the boats and local wood is used to build the ribs of the ships. Although the dhows are fitted with modern day diesel engines, they are still built by craftsmen who follow traditional designs without the aid of drawings. The ship building yard is the heart and soul of Sur and it is an interesing way to see the traditonal life of Omani fishermen. The Omani fishermen in Sur are more than happy to give you a tour of the area and chat over a tea. Sur is a friendly and relaxing place.

Ras Al Jinz

Thousands of fascinating animals call Ras Al Jinz home and this marvelous site is only a short drive from Sur making it one of the most visited sites in the country. The sandy secluded beaches, which provide ideal conditions for the turtles to lay their eggs, are littered with turtle pits high above the waterline. The area is an important conservation site as turtles around the world have become victims to pollution and manmade disasters. The rare opportunity to watch this process is in such a magnificent setting is unforgettable.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beach,souq,forts,dhows
  • Cons:Humid in summer
  • In a nutshell:Great place for a few days
  • Last visit to Sur: Feb 2007
  • Intro Updated Sep 21, 2007
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  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2006 at 9:39 AM

    Good tips on sur, this is a very beautiful seaside town in oman :)

  • Oct 4, 2006 at 10:17 PM

    g'day johnni! i see you are in georgia now, good stuff! i enjoyed reading the history of sur, very interesting! greets from australia, wonks :)

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