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a VirtualTourist member asked on Dec 2, 2014


Dhow builders

Is there anywhere where we can see a Dhow being built? Thanks Roy

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answered on 12/2/14 by
a VT member from Manhattan Island

If I'm not mistaken, I think they can be found by the wharf in Muscat. I saw these skilled men (the very many of them originally from India and Pakistan) featured in the Globe Trekker show when the country of Oman was the destination highlight. Pretty fascinating stuff.

answered on 12/2/14 by
a VT member

Go to Sur, which is about 2.5 hours drive from Muscat. Sur has what I think is that last traditional dhow yard in Oman, where they still make dhows by hand. They also make models there, by hand, which are for sale - they are beautiful. There's also a small maritime museum in Sur.

Also close to Muscat at a place called Qantab (maybe half an hour drive or so) there is a small boat yard on the far end of the beach where they have been making the scale model boats of all different styles and sizes for the new museum in Muscat. I'm not sure exactly how much work they are still doing there now because the museum is opening soon. I became friends with the head boat builder there, so if you want to send me a private message I can try to put you in touch with him - he is a lovely guy and always pleased to talk to visitors.

You might like this article about hand sewn boats in Oman:

And also to read about the boats being made at Qantab here:
(although this link was not working just now - it was fine a few days ago!)

answered on 12/2/14 by
a VT member from Manhattan Island

Great pointers camelicious!

answered on 12/2/14 by
a VT member

You're both welcome :)

I'm love the boats in Oman, I could quite happily sail away thereā€¦!

answered on 12/2/14 by
a VT member

Does anyone own a flat In Muscat they might want to rent out?

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