Qalhat (preview): After exiting Wadi Tiwi we find Qalhat, the first pre-islamic capital of Oman, where Oman LNG (one of the most important companies of Oman) exports gas to the world. We can visit:
- The tomb ruins of Bibi Miriam: according to its legend, this building was built by the King of Ormuz in honor of his wife, situated on the outskirts of the original city of Qalhat destroyed by an earthquake and later (XIV Century) by the Portuguese (XVI Century).
30 km later, we reach the city of Sur, limiting between Ash-Sharqiyah North and South.
Situation: 200 km from Muscat through the 17th road. Sur is a historical city that was an important commercial area with India and Oriental Africa. Traveling East and West of the city we can visit:
- Lighthouse of Al-Ayjah: serves as guide to the sailors and the visitors, it offers great views of the whole city.
- Hanging bridge: 170 meters that connects the neighborhood of Al-Ayjah with the center of the city and where we can see to the left the Dhows*.
- Corniche: a beautiful walk through the ocean boardwalk.
- Dhow (typical ship made out of wood with more than 2 centuries old). Sur, has a deep naval tradition, we can highlight this place as an important place for the construction of ships. We can visit an open air exhibition of Fatafh al-Khair, a Dhow with more than 70 years, that weighs 300 tons and measures more than 20 meters, in the Al Qanjah Boat Yard and from there enjoy the beautiful sun down.
- Castle of Sunaysilah: of great dimensions and in great shape where we can take advantage of the great views of the whole city and wonderfull mosques.
We continue the route to Ras Al-Jinz