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 two hotels and sets of improbable luxury housing cropping up in various scattered developments.
Thankfully, construction teams are being mindful to preserve the Duqm's main attraction, the beautiful natural rock garden of wind-eroded forms. Chosen as the location for a cultural centre, there is as yet a fence around the site, but no gate. In case you’re wondering, the stone plug out to sea is called Nafun Island.