Musandam Peninsula

At the north eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula and set apart from the rest of Oman by a wide band of territory belonging to the United Arab Emirates, the incredible Musandam Peninsula is perhaps the most spectacular and dramatic area in the Gulf, full of unusual experiences and adventure. For instance, where else can you choose to arrive by speedboat, 4 x 4 or paraglider?

Wonderfully isolated, and yet within easy reach of Dubai, the Musandam Peninsula combines dramatic mountain and maritime landscapes. As well as providing a stunning backdrop, the near-vertical rock formations that flank the sea have fjord-like channels  (khors) that have led to the region being nicknamed 'The Norway of Arabia'. Board a dhow to explore these labyrinthine waterways, where the steepling red-rock Hajar Mountains plunge into the waters of the Arabian Gulf, all the while looking out for dolphins and basking sharks.

The main town in Musandam is the lively centre of Khasab, sitauated at the top of the peninsula and conencted to the outside world by a stunning coastal road. Khasab is the ideal base for venturing out into the fjords, especially the renowned Khor ash Sham, on sailing and diving trips. It is also a good place from which to venture further afield, to the remote town of Kumzar and into the wild uplands of the striking Jebel Harim, best explored on a mountain safari that uncovers the landscape here and the fossils and petroglyphs hidden among the rugged scenery. 

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