In religious terms, this tomb is probably the most important site in Dhofar.
The corniche affords a wonderful view across to the picturesque village of Ayjah . Dhows used to be led to safe haven by Ayajh’s three watchtowers , which mark the passage into the lagoon.
This quirky museum is more open-house than historical display. Three ladies accompany guests around their traditional house (half of which is missing the roof) in the aged and crumbling village of Al-Hamra.
Al-Mirani Fort was built at the same time as Al-Jalali Fort. It contributed to the fall of the Portuguese through a curious affair of the heart: legend has it that the Portuguese commander fell for the daughter of a Hindu supplier, who refused the match on religious grounds.
Guarding the entrance to the harbour to the east, Al-Jalali Fort was built during the Portuguese occupation in the 1580s on Arab foundations The fort is accessible only via a steep flight of steps. As such, it made the perfect prison for a number of years, but now it is a museum of Omani heritage, open only to visiting dignitaries and heads of state.
All over Oman you'll spot terracotta pots with simple ribbed decorations at the entrances to smart villas and hotels. The famous potteries where these beloved vessels are made are humble in comparison, buried in the backstreets of Bahla. To reach them, follow the main road through the town centre towards the plantations.
Just outside Al-Bustan Palace Hotel, a small roundabout is home to the Sohar , a boat named after the hometown of the famous Omani seafarer Ahmed bin Majid. The boat is a replica of one sailed by Abdullah bin Gasm in the mid-8th century to Guangzhou in China. It was built in the dhow yards of Sur from the bark of over 75,000 palm trees and four tonnes of rope.
In a renovated 1930s house, this excellent museum traces the history – and prehistory – of Muscat through imaginative, interactive displays and exhibits. A ‘cut-and-paste’ dinosaur, using bones found in Al-Khoud area of Muscat and topped up with borrowed bones from international collections, is one of the many striking exhibits.
Despite the less than appealing name, this excellent museum is far more than just a display of military hardware. The museum is housed in Bayt al-Falaj, built in 1845 as a royal summer home but used mostly as the headquarters of the sultan’s armed forces.
Marina Bandar al-Rowdha is primarily of interest to those who are interested in water sports as it offers a full range of boating amenities. That said, it's also a pleasant place to enjoy harbour activity and relax at the Blue Marlin restaurant.
This quirky little museum on the edge of the sands preserves the history of the Hijri Tribe, written in Arabic on goat skins.
Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) is responsible for much of the rapid growth of infrastructure throughout the country, as outlined in the PDO Oil & Gas Exhibition. The interactive displays are a must for anyone interested in science in general and the oil and gas industry in particular.
Perched on a rocky eminence, this 300-year-old castle is built on a classic square plan with four round watchtowers. It was the most important part of the defensive system of Sur, a town that was greatly fortified to protect its illustrious overseas trade. A few artefacts help bring some of the rooms to life.