Once the most important port in Oman, Sohar lies on the country’s northern coast overlooking the Gulf of Oman. In addition to being one of the oldest settlements in Oman, it is the mythical birthplace of Sinbad the Sailor, who encountered monsters and supernatural phenomena while sailing the seas around Africa and Asia.
Things to do in Sohar
One of the city’s most important historical landmarks is the Sohar Fort, which has a fascinating history dating back to the 13th century. It now serves as a museum detailing Sohar’s cultural heritage, with several rooms furnished as they would have appeared in the 19th century. Also within the fort is the tomb of Sayyid Thuwaini Bin Sultan Al Busaid, who ruled Oman between 1856 and 1866.
Before the heat of the day sets in, enjoy a stroll along the Sohar Corniche, which takes in parks and beaches as it hugs the waterfront. Soak up the sights, sounds and smells of the local fish market or relax with a coffee in one of the laid-back restaurants. If you’re planning a day on the sand, beach umbrellas and loungers are available for rent.
At the northern end of the Corniche is the Sultan Qaboos Mosque, which can accommodate up to 4,600 worshippers in its main prayer hall. Completed in 2016, it is topped by a blue dome and four soaring minarets while housing a beautifully tiled turquoise and gold Mihrab. Surrounding the mosque is a tranquil garden from where you can admire its exterior.
Getting around Sohar
Sohar International Airport is a 15-minute drive from the city centre and has flights to destinations across the Middle East. Long-distance buses connect to Sohar from Muscat, which is around two hours away. Buses also travel through Sohar and taxis are readily available for getting around.