SUHAR, OMAN DESTINATION GUIDE
The rumored home of two famous sailors, the historical Ahmed bin Majid and the semi fictional Sinbad, Suhar is one of those places where history casts a shadow over modern reality. A thousand years ago it was the largest town in the country: it was even referred to as Omana, though its ancient name was Majan (seafaring). As early as the 3rd century BC, the town’s prosperity was built on copper that was mined locally and then shipped to Mesopotamia and Dilmun (modern-day Bahrain).
The town boasts one of the prettiest and best-kept seafronts in the country, but little more than legend (and a triumphal arch over the Muscat–Suhar Hwy) marked its place in history until a decade ago when a vast port-side industrial area transformed the town into a city. The port has brought jobs, an influx of expatriates, new residential areas, giant malls, a five-star hotel, a regional hospital complex and a new university illustrative of Suhar’s new wealth. In fact, rumor on the street is that Suhar has pretensions of grandeur that more than match its copper-mining heyday.
THINGS TO SEE
Patrol the Suhar Fort, built in the 13th Century and still standing strong today. One of the most important castles in the region, the Fort was also previously a prison and is still the tomb for a nineteenth century ruler of Oman.
Get ready for a fantastic shopping experience at the Traditional Handicraft Souq. Whether you’re after herbal remedies, intricate and beautiful weaving, ceramics or any of the other hand made goods you won’t be disappointed.
Saddle up and get racing at the Suhar Camel Racing Track. Don’t forget to bring some comfortable pants to wear, it can get bumpy up on top!
Enjoy some of the best seafood fresh from the Gulf of Oman at Dhow Marine Restaurant, or just browse the surrounding Fish Market for a bargain!