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Country rank: 3 out of 15 Places To Visit In Oman

Sub-Region: Middle East


Ideal duration: 2-3 days

Best time: October - February (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Sohar (Check Flights)


"Where history meets the modernity!"

Sohar Tourism

Rumored to be the home of the famous sailers Ahmed bin Majid and mythical character Sinbad, Sohar is the perfect collision of culture and modern society.

The city of Sohar is full of culture and history, with a beautiful urban twist! The city has huge malls and skyscrapers as well as some of the gorgeous beaches in Oman. The souqs and monuments are full of the country's history. The Islam religion is prominent throughout, as there are beautiful mosques in every corner of the city. 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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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).

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

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.

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.

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

There are a few ATMs in Sohar. It is best to exchange currency at the Oman UAE Exchange which is located at the airports in Muscat and Salalah. There is also an Oman UAE exchange in Sohar. Another one is the Global Money Exchange.

Ideally, a tourist would spend around OMR 500 - OMR 600 a day in Sohar.

Oman is a Muslim country. Islam is practised throughout the country. There are many mosques in Sohar from which you can hear chants throughout the day. During the Ramadan time, most shops and restaurants are closed during the day as most people are fasting.

Since Oman is a very religious country, alcohol is not consumed in public During Ramadan, it is impolite to eat or drink in public as most Omanis will be fasting. If you want to drink alcohol outside, it is best to consume it in a remote place. It is also best to wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Tipping is not common in Oman, except if you wish to round up to the next rial.

Sohar offers a variety of international food as well as local food. There are many Chinese and 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, enjoyed 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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How 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. (Read More)

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