Musandam witnesses the extraordinary meeting of the mighty mountains and the emerald green oceans. Here, the Hajar Mountains embraces the Strait of Hormuz to give magnificent panoramas. The place stands out with the quaint coastal villages, historic forts, unique culture and incredible marine life. As Musandam became accessible by roads only recently, much of it remains untouched and unblemished.
Musandam holds innumerable surprises for people who are accustomed to city life. Fjords is one of the most mesmerizing views among them. A fjord is a long narrow inlet amid cliffs.
Khasab is the main city and capital of Musandam province in Oman. It is an exclave of Oman situated in the United Arab Emirates. Many people are unaware of this place or miss it because of the difficulty to reach there. But, the effort will be worth it as Khasab will steal your hearts with its pristine charm. This is the perfect spot if you are craving to escape from artificial city life and admire the jaw-dropping natural scenery.
Musandam is fondly called ‘The Norway of Arabia’. The city of Khasab flourishes through trade, and the main attraction is its port. It is one of the very few places where you can see the authentic Bedouin lifestyle and traditions.
The best way to explore the place is in a traditional Omani wooden dhow. As you move through the crystal-clear water, you can see the secluded villages along the soaring cliffs.
Dolphin watching is a main highlight in the Musandam tour. These lovely creatures swim along with your dhow and pop out of the water frequently. There are a lot of water sports for thrill-seekers. See the marine life for yourself by swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. If you want to have some fun with your friends, try a banana boat ride. Find a perfect spot for camping, make a barbeque and enjoy the natural beauty.
Don’t miss the Telegraph Island
The historical Telegraph Island, also known as Jazirat al Maqlab, lies in the Elphinstone Inlet which is about a mile off the shore of Musandam Peninsula. It got the name ‘Telegraph’ from the telegraph repeater station which was built by the British in 1864. It played a significant role in the communication between Karachi and London at the time.
Now, only the remnants of the station remain. Still, it is one of the most visited spots in Musandam. The place is hailed for the colorful fishes and water sports like snorkeling. You can camp here and relish the beautiful beaches.
Things you should know before going to Khasab
You can travel from Dubai to Khasab via road. The road to Oman is lovely with bays, harbors, mosques, forts and beaches. The approximate distance from Dubai Clock Tower to Khasab is 200 kms. You will have to take a visa at the Oman border which would cost around 50 AED.
The visa stamping procedure might take some time. However, a tour company will do all these procedures and take you to Khasab if you book a trip, which means you can save time and avoid the hassle.
Whenever you feel like you need a break from the hectic life, pay a visit to Musandam Khasab. Rejuvenate yourself in the cool breeze and warm waters. It is just a ride away from Dubai. It will be the best treat that you can give your eyes and soul. Khasab is truly a fantastic piece of art created by nature.