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Twilight Dhow Cruise

Duration: Half Day

twilight dhow cruise

Oman’s beautiful coastline is formed by the Arabian Sea on the south and east, and the Gulf of Oman on the northeast. Sailing on Oman’s tranquil waters at twilight is a memorable way to explore the northern coast. Climb on board a dhow, a traditional Arabian wooden vessel, and cruise leisurely along Muscat’s spectacular northern coastline as the sun sets on the horizon.

Muscat, meaning “anchorage”, is one of the oldest cities in the Middle East and the largest city in Oman. View this exciting capital from the eyes of ancient seafarers, who travelled this route for centuries. The walled city was built around Muttrah Harbour, a natural, deep water anchorage, which is the cultural and historical heart of Muscat.

Oman's fascinating history as a great seafaring and trading nation comes alive here, as you see the traditional fishing dhows bobbing up and down alongside the tankers, ferries and cruise ships. Used for centuries, the dhow is an important symbol of Oman's ancient and proud maritime tradition. Sailors used to sail out to sea on these vessels as far as China, India and Iran, collecting items such as silks, cottons, fabrics, spices and precious metals and gems to distribute to the rest of the Middle East and onwards to Europe.

Watch the local people walking along Muscat’s picturesque corniche (waterfront promenade), which is particularly beautiful at night when the lights of the shops and town are reflected in the harbour waters. During the day, the corniche comes alive with a bustling fresh fish market and the traditional Muttrah Souq, one of the oldest and best preserved marketplaces in Oman. You will find all sort of items here, such as hand-woven textiles, gold and silver jewellery, silks, spices, Khanjars (Omani daggers) and much more.

Despite being located in the Arabian Desert, much of Oman’s landscape is surprisingly lush and green, including the northern coast which lies between the sea and the inland mountains. This twilight dhow cruise will give you a wonderful view of the rocky shorelines and sandy bays at dusk, set against the dramatic backdrop of swaying palms and volcanic mountains. Marvel at a spectacular sunset and listen to the sounds of the sails and the waves lapping against the hull as darkness falls. You may even get the chance to see dolphins swimming alongside the boat.
Before heading back, we will stop briefly at a natural cove where you can take photographs of the spectacular beachside Al Bustan Palace Hotel and enjoy typical Arabic coffees, refreshments and native dates before returning to Muscat’s pier.
This tour is a wonderful way to get an insight into Oman’s ancient maritime history whilst enjoying what Muscat’s harbour and coastline has to offer visitors today.

Hotel transfers are included.

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