Dhow with Al Ayjah watchtower

Sur is a city in Central Coastal Oman, best known for its dhow shipyards.


Sur was founded in the 6th century CE as a trading port and has a long history of ship building, continuing to the present day. In addition to being an interesting destination in its own right, it makes a good base for day trips to Wadi Shab, Wadi Tiwi, and Ras al-Jinz.


Get in

There is no airport in Sur. Although one was in the works several years ago, the project has since been abandoned due to the expected increased frequency of cyclones.

Sur is a 2.5-hour drive south of Muscat, off of Highway 17. A taxi from the Rusayl Roundabout will cost about OMR 25 (shared OMR 5). Microbuses cost OMR 3 and travel inland via Highway 23, passing Ibra.

Get around

There is no public transportation in Sur beside taxis, which charge 150 Bzs for any ride within Sur.


Dhow shipyard
Sunaysilah Fort
Fish market



Sur has several decent restaurants but no five-star menus.


Go next

Wadi Tiwi. A series of villages and hamlets about a 40 minute taxi ride from Sur (5 OM, maximum 6 OM from the center of Sur). No restaurants, bring a lunch. There's a Thursday morning market where cheap Chinese made kitchen goods can be bought from Bengalis and Omanis. No restaurant, bring a lunch.

Wadi Shab. Right next to Wadi Tiwi, a long wadi, much more spectacular geography than Tiwi and great for a day trip. Bring swimming wear and sandals because the rocks at the bottom of the water are painful on bare feet.

Wadi Bani Khalid. Further from Sur than Tiwi and Shab, great spot, tons of tourists; no restaurants, bring a lunch.

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