People who love hand-made wooden boats may find a visit to Sur, Oman worthwhile. This city in Oman is one of the few places in the world where traditional hand-made dhows are still being made. Located in the Central Coast of Oman, this city is actually one of the less popular places for people to go to when in Oman but is one that is well worth a visit due to the wealth of history that can be found here.
Once an established trade center that dealt with traders from East Africa, the area saw quite a number of economic upturns and downturns due to foreign occupations and Omani liberations that went on in the area over the centuries. The trading industry of this city saw a major downturn when slave trade was outlawed by the British in the area in the 19th century and further slid down when the Suez Canal was built, cutting off its trade prospects in India.
If you are looking to visit an area in Oman that has quite a lot of history in its region, Sur is the place for you to visit. Some of the places of interest that you may want to visit here include the Wadi Shab and the turtle hatchery at Ras-Al Jinz. If you want to see the hatchery though, you may need to book a tour in advance and you can see turtles laying eggs here or eggs being hatched. The city is a three hour drive from Muscat and you will find that while it is considered a rather quiet and sleepy town, you can still find quite a bit to do here and a lot of places to explore.