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A Sur-prisingly Good Trip

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A travel journal to Sur by TianjinPaul

Sur Dow Shipyard Photo, Sur, Oman More Photos
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Over the previous three months, I had battled my way through a tough half-semester’s teaching at a university in Northern Oman. And, over the previous three hours I had traversed the mountains of Eastern Oman as my friends and I drove to the coastal town of Sur. As a consequence of work, I was in desperate need of a break. Hence driving to Sur. And, as a consequence of the long drive, I was in need of a few glasses of cold beer. Thankfully, for a small seaside town in Oman, Sur has a surprising amount of watering holes. As with most towns in Oman, the bar options are largely restricted to major hotels. In Sur, these are the Sur Beach Hotel, the Sur Plaza Hotel and the Crowne Plaza Hotel. T...Read More

Sur Dow Shipyard

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Attraction | "Down to the 'Shipyards'"

Sur Dow Shipyard Photo, Sur, Oman
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I have always been of a somewhat maritime persuasion. I love messing around with boats. Therefore, when my friends and I visited Sur, I was keen to see some dows – the traditional Omani vessels that operate in the Arabian Gulf and, occasionally beyond. I was especially excited when the receptionist in our hotel gave us a map of the town and I saw the term ‘Sur Dow Shipyards. This description proved to be a little over-zealous, but seeing the downs was, nevertheless, a fantastic experience. The term shipyard evokes images of large cranes and the huge skeletons of ships under construction. It is the sort of term I would associate with cities like Glasgow or Gdansk. The Sur version was, unsurprisingly, n...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 21, 2010

Sur Dow Shipyard

Sur, Oman

Ras Al Hadd

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Attraction | "Heroes in a Half-Shell - Seeing Turtles Close Up"

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Our trip to see Ras Al Hadd and the giant sea turtles did not get off to the most auspicious of starts. In fact, until we actually got onto the beach, it was a catalogue of mistakes, mishaps and chaos. It began very badly. After driving well over 20o0km from Muscat, we arrived at our hotel keen to get organize a trip to Ras Al Hadd. However, an American guest was quick to tell us that the tickets for that evening were all sold out on account of the Eid Al Haj holiday. It was only through some less than ethical dealing with the hotel Concierge – that involved a little palm greasing - that we managed to secure some tickets. Where he had procured them from, we decided, was best left unknown.T...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 20, 2010

An English Seaside Town

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Sur Lighthouse Photo, Sur, Oman
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When I was a child, my parents often took me on vacation and on day-trips to sea-side towns in the north of England. I spent countless afternoons in towns such as Scarborough, Bridlington and Blackpool. These towns were characterized by a few common traits. The sea was dark, deep and blue. It was often rough and the waves were almost always white-capped. The promenades were long, wind-swept and sparsely populated. Only during the very warmest days of the summer would anyone actually consider going for a swim. The majority of the time the cold, dark waves were left alone to crash onto the sands. I can vividly recall sitting with my parents drinking hot tea or coffee on the promenade huddled together to...Read More

The Road To Sur

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With the Eid Al Haj holiday approaching, my friends and I decided to take a road trip from our base in Rustaq in the North of Oman, down the coast to the beach city of Sur, and then, out into the desert. The first leg of this trip provided some of the most spectacular scenery in the Gulf region as well as some of the most exciting driving I have ever experienced, taking in winding mountain passes, desert plains and stunning coastal views. Even though our whole group agreed that the drive was a fantastic experience, it actually caused me plenty of headaches in the preparation stages. For those unfamiliar with the Gulf, I should explain that the road system in Oman is relatively new and unde...Read More