Sur in Oman is one of the oldest port cities in the area, and its very location on the corner projecting furthest to the east in the Arabian Sea does give some insight into how it managed to make a name for itself as one of the most important of port cities for centuries. It got its reputation for being a major shipbuilding city back in the day-it is still that now, although commerce and industry has diversified since then-and as a major port for trade with East Africa. As other ports and canals have been opened up over the ages, though, it has fallen slightly in terms of marine trade import, although livelihood here is still largely tied to the waters.
If there is one good thing about Sur becoming less of a commercial and port hub than before, it would be in its preservation of structures and culture. The city is also very friendly to visitors, being less crowded than some of the busier cities of Oman nowadays. [Read more…]