Duqm's port may not yet have reached anything like its hyped potential, but it has transformed the once-tiny fishing community into a sprawling, busy town. Set to become a city of 40,000 people, construction is taking place across the barren shores of this wild coastline with three hotels and sets of improbable luxury housing cropping up in various scattered developments. For now, it's best visited as a stopover if travelling to or from Salalah via the coastal highway.
Thankfully, construction teams are being mindful to preserve Duqm's main attraction, the beautiful natural rock garden of wind-eroded forms. Partly fenced off as the future location of a cultural centre, the site is accessible through gaps in its eastern perimeter. There are some fine beaches both in Duqm and along the shore either side of town, but there are no facilities and 4WD is required to access most of the nearby coast.