One of Oman’s fastest growing cities, Sohar is looking to the future, but is very much mindful of its past.
While the city does have many attractions, to truly feel its spirit and vibrancy, head to the seashore and pay a visit to the local fish market in the morning. Here, one should not miss watching the freshest catch being brought straight out of the sea. Shaped like a dhow it’s one of the liveliest places in Sohar where you can find people busy haggling over the fresh catch and get to see fish of all shapes and sizes heaped in different corners.
“Dotted with historic sights and breath-taking scenery, Al Batinah is considered the green belt of Oman with most of the country’s fresh produce harvested on plantations in the area. Coastal towns are known for their fisheries and endless sandy beaches,” said Oman’s Ministry of Tourism. “Sohar, Oman’s capital city in ancient times, is located in this region and rumoured to be the hometown of the legendary Sindbad the Sailor. Today, the city is one of the largest in the Sultanate, housing one of the region’s largest ports and many of the country’s main industries.”
While there, do visit both Wadi Hibi and Khabourah Castle, places that perfectly capture the varied nature and historic culture of the Sultanate of Oman.
“Wadi Hibi is located about 80 km from Sohar and meanders between rugged mountains and date palms. Its main attractions are the fort, which has two large courtyards, as well as its many natural water pools,” said the Ministry of Tourism. “Facing the sea, Al Khabourah Castle is located 2 km north east from Al Khabourah roundabout. Visitors can explore the former living and storage quarters left and right of the large courtyard, or enjoy the stunning views of the sea and surroundings from the castle walls.”