Corniche & Dhow Yards

Waterfront in Sur

The corniche affords a picturesque view across to the village of Ayjah. Dhows used to be led to safe haven by Ayjah’s three watchtowers, which mark the passage into the lagoon. It is still possible to see the boats being made by hand alongside this passage. To reach the dhow yards, turn left at the souq end of Main St and follow the road in a crescent past the corniche to the great lagoon.

The road circles back eventually to the new souq, passing by Fatah Al Khair, a beautifully restored dhow built in Sur 70 years ago and brought back from retirement in Yemen. A small open-air museum (open during daylight hours) in the grounds houses other traditional vessels. Look out for a small workshop opposite the dhow: Sur is famous for carpentry and some finely crafted model dhows are on sale here (opening hours are at the whim of the owner).