About Musandam Peninsula
Musandam Peninsula, UAE
Mountain roads, delightful inlets, ancient villages, spectacular sceneries, a unique culture and a taste of wilderness – that’s exactly what every trip to the Musandam Peninsula has in store for you.
The Norway of Arabia
The Musandam Peninsula is considered to be the most spectacular area in the entire gulf. It presents a breathtaking combination of maritime and mountain landscapes and the sight of those red-rock Hajar mountains falling into the blue Arabian Gulf waters leaves you transfixed. The fact that Musandam has been largely untouched by development adds to its pristine beauty. You can also see basking sharks, the odd whale and frolicking dolphins in its waters.
The Iranian Connection
Musandam is one of the most impoverished areas of Oman and is home to tribes that have very little in common with the rest of the country. They speak Kumzari, a unique language that is a blend of Arabic, English, Hindi, French and Spanish and is believed to be the result of sailors who got shipwrecked along the coast and ended up settling in the village. The region was also closely connected to Iran due to a smuggling operation that used to take place until recently. Its uniqueness means that Musandam promises an insight into an entirely different culture and beautiful traditions that are only followed here.
The main town of Musandam is the lively Khasab, located at the top and famous for its spectacular coastal road that runs to the UAE border at Tibat. Khasab is your ideal base of operations for sailing or diving trips to marvelous destinations such as the remote town of Kumzar.