The city of Sur at the eastern-most point of Oman is famous for ship-building and is one of the few places where dhows are still made. It was also a major city for trade between East Africa, Europe and India until both the Suez Canal opened and slavery was abolished in the mid-eighteen fifties.
A dhow is in the middle-ground of this shot. A small number of traditional dhows are built in a boatyard in Sur but most fishermen and merchants use modern vessels such as those on the beach. The area around Sur is very interesting with many forts, desert markets and a beach at Ras Al Jinz where I saw newly hatched sea turtles scrambling into the ocean.