Oman, located neighboring the United Arab Emirates, is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the Middle East. Serving as one of the region’s most vital trading ports, Oman is a powerhouse of the Middle East. The nation is known for its rich heritage and culture while it is home to many great tourist attractions and iconic structures. A pleasant and recommended Sur hotel Oman is the Sur Plaza Hotel; a luxurious 3 star hotel.
Located along the Gulf of Oman is the historic city of Sur. The city is most famous for its shipbuilding, and is currently one of Oman’s most reputed dhow-building cities. Thus it is no surprise that one of the most famous and iconic landmarks of Sur is the Dhow Building Yard of Sur. This shipyard, located off the harbor of Sur, is one of the last remaining dhow building yards in Oman and is a symbol of national pride and heritage.
For centuries, Oman had a reputation of being one of the best dhow building nations in the world. Such was the prowess of the Omani dhow builders that Omani dhows would be used even by foreign nations such as China, India and many Middle Eastern nations. Although dhow building is no longer a very commercially viable project, the Dhow Building Yard of Sur still functions, undeterred by other factors, and continues to craft some of the best dhows in the world. Although dhows are not built as frequently as they used to be in the past, many sheikhs, sultans and businessmen of the Middle East still procure dhows built in Sur. A visit to the Dhow Building Yard in Sur will offer you the chance of witnessing the traditions, customs and skills involved in building dhows. It will also give a small glimpse into the past, of days when boats were built with chisels, hammers and wooden pegs, and as to what Sur would have been like during its prime as a premier dhow-building city.
Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+