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"Hometown of Sinbad the Sailor!"

Sohar Tourism

Rumoured to be the home of the famous sailers Ahmed bin Majid and mythical character Sinbad, Sohar is the perfect blend of culture and contemporary societies. The city has huge malls and skyscrapers, some of the most gorgeous beaches in Oman and souqs and monuments that are full of the country's history. A small drive into the outskirts of the city leads you to beautiful deserts. Sohar is full of things to do, whether it be watching a camel race, shopping for traditional handicrafts or simply exploring the splendid beaches.


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History of Sohar

Sohar is known to be the home of two well-known sailors, Ahmed bin Majid and Sinbad. It was once the largest town in Oman; reffered to as Majan which means seafaring. Some of the town's oldest buildings are built by copper that was mined locally.

Language of Sohar

The people of Oman all understand and speak English very well, but also appreciate when foreigners try to communicate with them in Arabic. To introduce yourself to an Omani, you can start by saying Marhaban (Hello) or Sabah Alkhyr (Good morning). To tell them your name, you can say [Name] Ismee. You could also tell them which country you're from by saying Ana min [Country]. Other greetings are Masa al Khayr (Good afternoon), Shukran (Thank you) and
Laylah saidah (Good night).

Currency in Sohar

In Sohar, credit cards and debit cards are accepted, such as Mastercard, Visa, etc. However, no other currency but the Omani currency is accepted.

Shopping in Sohar

Sohar is home to many glamorous shopping malls. If you're looking for designer clothing and accessories, you can go to the Safeer Mall which has a lot of high-end brands. Centrepoint is another mall which you can check out! There are souks in Al Hujra that is popular among tourists as they have hand crafted merchandise.

Nightlife in Sohar

There aren't a lot of clubs in Sohar, but there are a lot of bars inside hotels. The Al Wadi Hotel in Sohar is a popular place for entertainment in Sohar as there are a few bars. It has three bars: Al Majaz Club, Al Waqhbah bar and the Al Hibi Pub. If you want to go to a club, you can go to the Sheraton Oman Hotel as they have their nightclub. There are DJs and live music performances as well as dancers.

Suggested Itinerary for Sohar

One Day Sohar Itinerary
Located at just a 2-hour drive from Muscat, you can drive there. Start off by visiting the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. After this, head to the Camel Racing Track. Then head to lunch at one of the city's local eateries. After this, you can visit the Traditional Handicraft Souq for some unique souvenirs. Spend the evening at the Sohar Corniche and watch the sunset. Then drive back to Muscat.

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How to Reach Sohar

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Sohar does not have an airport, so the best option is to fly to Muscat or Salalah and take a bus or cab.

How to reach Sohar by flight

Sohar International Airport began its international operations in July 2017. SalamAir operates to and from Salalah and Sohar with a frequency for four times per week except on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

How to reach Sohar by road

Alternatively, you can take a cab, or rent a car and drive to Sohar after landing in Muscat or Salalah. To drive in Oman, you are required to have an International Driving Permit. You can easily rent cars from companies like Speedy Oman, Sixt Rent a Car (located at Muscat International Airport) and ArabiaCars upon showing your international driving permit. If you do not have a valid permit, you can hire a cab to take you there. There are a lot of taxies stands throughout Muscat and Salalah. You can easily get one from the airports.

Here is a guide to hiring a car in Oman

How to reach Sohar by bus

There are some buses you can take from Salalah or Muscat to Sohar. A common operating company is called Mwasalat which offer intercity routes from Muscat and Salalah. Routes 41, 54, 62, 100, 101 and 201 travel from Muscat and have a transit stop at Sohar. Fares vary for single tickets from O.R 3 to O.R6 and return tickets from O.R 6 to O.R 10. Each bus route travels 2-3 times per day. It takes around 3 hours to reach Sohar from Muscat by bus.

Local transport in Sohar

It is effortless to get around in Sohar as there are well-connected buses and many taxi-stands throughout the city. You could also rent a car in Sohar and drive around the city if you wish, as long as you have a valid international driving permit.

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Sohar, Oman
Entrance Gate of Sohar Town
Sohar Fort - Significant Fort in Al Batinah North Governorate
Well Maintained Sohar Municipal Park

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FAQs on Sohar

What are the places near Sohar?

The top places near to Sohar are Muscat which is 192 km from Sohar, Al suwaiq which is located 89 km from Sohar, Dubai which is located 173 km from Sohar, Sharjah which is located 170 km from Sohar, Fujairah which is located 127 km from Sohar

What are the things to do in Sohar?

The top things to do in Sohar are Sohar Corniche, Sohar Fort, Sohar Handicraft Souq, Sohar Muncipal Park, Fish Market, Sohar, Camel Racing Track, Sohar. You can see all the places to visit in Sohar here

What is the best way to reach Sohar?

Sohar does not have an airport, so the best option is to fly to Muscat or Salalah and take a bus or cab.
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What is the local food in Sohar?

Sohar offers a variety of international food as well as local delicacies. There are many popular Asian restaurants in Sohar. A few good local restaurants in Sohar are Fursan Al Yaman, Lobnan Al Akhdar and The Dhow Marina Restaurant.

The local food in Sohar is a mixture of Arabic, Lebanese, Turkish and Indian. Seafood is very common in cities in Oman as the country has a large coastline. A traditional Omani bread that is a must-have in Sohar is called Khubz. It is paper-thin and crispy, best eaten with any Omani food. A good vegetarian option in Sohar is the falafel.

Here is a detailed list of Omani Cuisines that you can try

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What is the best time to visit Sohar?

September, November-February is the best time to visit Sohar in Oman. Hotel prices and flights are expensive during these months. March-May, the spring months in Sohar are warm and humid. Highest temperature ranges between 100.2°F (37.9°C) and 80.7°F (27.1°C). Rain is rare and tourism is pretty slow. So, if you are looking for good deals which are cheap, you can plan your visit to Sohar during spring. June through August is summer and the temperatures are quite hot. There’s no precipitation during this time. 95.5°F (35.3°C) and 82.5°F (28.1°C) is the temperature highs from September to November, the fall months in Sohar. Rains are not common and it can rain for a day or so per month. The places are crowded with tourists from all around the globe and hence, the prices are higher. In October, Sohar hosts the annual Sohar International Jazz Music Festival which is a major event in the country. However, October is the least busy in Sohar in terms of tourism. December-February is the winter season, with pretty comfortable weather conditions. Hence, it’s the second busiest time of the year in Sohar, Oman.
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