Introducing MUSANDAM / OMAN
The Musandam Peninsula, situated on the tip of Arabia, is regarded as one of the most beautiful sites in the region.
The Sultanate of Oman is the second larges country on the Arabian Peninsula, lying along its southeast corner. The Musandam, separated from the rest of Oman by the United Arab Emirates, is the most northerly part of the Sultanate.
Due to its geographical position and mountainous terrain it was isolated from the rest of Oman and the region developed at its own pace. Graded roads cut across the mountains have now made it more accessible. The beauty of Musandam can best be explored by sea. Fjords, or khors, created by fragmented rock stretching our into the sea and massive overshadowing cliffs towering above are magnificently reflected in the water below.
The capital of Musandam, Khasab, has 18,000 inhabitants. Khasab in Arabic means “fertility”, which refers to the town’s rich land and fresh water with dates and fish.
Musandam has much to offer to the adventurous visitor. The remoteness of the region and its sparse population make for a “get-away-from-it-all” holiday. Dhow sailing in glittering, clear fjords conjures a surreal sense of peace and tranquility. Snorkeling and diving on the coral reefs surrounding the islands is idyllic. And for the history enthusiast, the Peninsula’s many ancient settlements, prehistoric tombs and rock carvings give reminiscence to the past.
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