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Sohar

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Best Time: October - February Read More

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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.

Restaurants and 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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Suggested Itinerary

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

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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