Quriyat, a nature lovers’ paradise

Story Gautam Viswanathan

When His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales pays a visit to a location in Oman, you know it is special.

During his visit to the Sultanate in December 2019, Prince William was shown around the region of Quriyat, some 80 km south of Muscat and a favourite among nature lovers, bird watchers, and history buffs.

“The principal attraction is Quriyat’s fort, which sits right in the middle of town, on your left as you drive in,” said Oman’s Ministry of Tourism. “In the meantime, you can still admire the fine old wooden entrance door flanked by two rusty cannons and the shuttered ground-floor windows which ring the building on three sides, suggesting that domesticity, rather than defence, was formerly the principal concern.

“Continue along the road past the fort and a large mangrove swamp to reach the town’s pretty seafront corniche, at the end of which is the harbour, with boats drawn up on surrounding sands overlooked by a round watchtower sitting proudly on the headland above,” added the Ministry.

“The fishing village of Quriyat, en route to Sur, is a favourite with bird watchers,” they went on to say. “Species such as kingfishers and grey herons are known to frequent the surrounding lagoons.”