Sur, a placid sea coast town with its striking traditional dwellings, is a pleasant getaway and one of the most important towns in the Eastern region. A trip through Sur's labyrinth of streets reveals many fine old houses with carved doors and arabesque windows.
From the corniche, the dhows in the harbour can be seen against the scenic backdrop of the Gulf of Oman.
Sur has a long history as one of Oman's foremost trading ports. Though now surpassed by Muscat, it is still a thriving town. A glimpse of how it used to be can be seen in old Sur and the small suburb of Aija.
Sur's dhow yards are world-renowned (and presumed home of the legendary Sinbad the Sailor). Though demand for dhows has declined sharply since in the past 100 years it is still possible to see traditional dhow builders at work.
Sur is also famous for its breeding sites of world's rare sea turtles in Ras Al Jinaiz, which has been declared a protected wild life area.
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