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Thinking of driving to Sur for a day out ...

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Thinking of driving to Sur for a day out ...

... while we're staying in Muscat for a few days next week. We understand there's a 'quick' road and also a 'slow' road? (Maps really don't help too much.)

Our question really is, is this a feasible day trip or should we think about staying in Sur overnight?

We'll be driving ourselves from Dubai to Muscat so have a 4x4 and we have Garmin GPS (which we've found to be useful in MCT generally unlike DXB where roads can change on a daily basis).

Any help would really be appreciated.

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1. Re: Thinking of driving to Sur for a day out ...

Hi

Yes you can down the new road.

You head out to Sur down the coast as per the map, it will take you onto the new road.

I would say 2.5 hrs drive or just under.

Head for Quriyat as per the map, as you get down to sea level , just after the shell garage there is a roundabout, turn right, go down here till the next roundabout and turn right,( this is the entrance onto the new road at the min). it will change as they finish more of the road;

from here its straight to Sur

If you go the inland way it will take 4.5 hours

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2. Re: Thinking of driving to Sur for a day out ...

Many thanks for your reply Robinoman, much appreciated.

May have to rethink our plans, only in Muscat for 3 nights - arrive Sunday, busy Monday, thought of doing the trip to Sur on Tuesday but as we've got the return drive to Dubai on Wednesday perhaps we'll look and see if there's something a bit closer to Muscat.

Hopefully we'll be living in Muscat this time next year so there's no hurry to visit Sur this time around.

Again, thanks for your help.

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3. Re: Thinking of driving to Sur for a day out ...

Depends what you want to do but if it's outdoorsy what about Wadi Shab (2 hrs on the new road) or Yitti and Wadi Mayh as a round trip (probably two hours driving max).

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4. Re: Thinking of driving to Sur for a day out ...

Thanks barbes66, will check it out.

Looking forward to being back in MCT next week, it's been pretty much a year since we've been there and we've missed it and the people we know there, although we've seen some of them in the meantime.

Thanks again for the suggestion.

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5. Re: Thinking of driving to Sur for a day out ...

This is off topic, but did I see that you are moving to the wave? I seem to recall seeing that a while back.

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6. Re: Thinking of driving to Sur for a day out ...

Greasy, you've had a PM, but yes we're hoping to be in Oman this time next year.

We had a great visit yet again and didn't want to leave ... but there you go, you have to be realistic and there are things which have to be done at home. What a shame.

Anyway, drove across from Dubai on Sunday. As others may have mentioned there are now check points between Dubai and the Hatta border post. We had our passports ready to be shown but were waved through at both check points - there is one as you enter the Omani wilayat (can't remember the name) and then another as you re-enter the UAE near Masfut (Masfoot or Masfout) when you go back into the UAE (which would actually appear to be in Ajman) before you get to the border at Hatta.

Anyway, back to our original question .... we were asking where to go for a day out based on the fact that we'd be doing some serious kilometres the following day.

We decided to drive to Quriyyat which was only about 100k from Muscat. WOW!!! The scenery was simply jaw-droppingly gorgeous. We've driven from Muscat to Nizwa before and thought that was fantastic but ... no, not a patch on this drive. It was so fabulous that Mr H & me simply had nothing to say to each other apart from "wow", "OMG", "did you see that" or "oh sh!t, there's nowhere to stop and get a photo of that".

There's obviously work still being done in that area to rectify the damage done by Cyclone Gonu in 2007 but it's an indication of how life is lived outside of the city of Muscat (which, again, can be seen if you take the time to visit anywhere outside of the Muscat urban area).

And whilst we did use GPS when we first visited Muscat a few years ago, we find it very easy to navigate using the Explorer maps - in fact this time the maps were all we used - with a bit of help from the brilliant concierge (Issam) at the CP. And, unlike say Dubai where we live, we find it far easier to find our way around.

We were fortunate enough to be invited to have supper with friends on our first night (Sunday), Monday pm we ate at our favourite Indian restaurant (Woodlands in Ruwi - food content of bill OR 12 ... two of us and more than we could eat lol) and Tuesday met another friend for supper at Trader Vics at the InterCon (food content of bill approx OR 49 - 3 of us).

Wish I'd looked at the map more closely because we'd have taken the time to drive down towards Sur to see the sink hole because it wasn't that much farther down the road to Sur. There you go, though, it will still be there for our next visit, in sh'Allah.

We had a fantastic couple of days in Muscat, so much so that we didn't want to return to Dubai. Well, we never do to be honest. And one of the first friends we made in MCT is relocating to the USA in July so we will really miss her and her family when we eventually get there. We wish her and the family all the best for the future.

Thanks to Robinoman and barbes66 for your help on our latest visit to Muscat,

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