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Middle East » Oman » Musandam Peninsula November 13th 2019

Squint hard at a map of the Arabian Peninsula and you’ll see, towards its eastern end, a triangular spike of land that appears to be trying to prod Iran. A good political map of the area will show that the very tip of this spike, guarding the Straits of Hormuz, is a different colour from the rest. This is the Omani exclave of the Musandam Peninsula, entirely surrounded on the land side by the United Arab Emirates. Here the Hajar Mountains, the spectacular backdrop to Muscat and the cities of the Batinah plain along Oman’s northeastern coast, finally win the day, crashing dramatically into the ocean, allowing man only the occasional narrow valley for his habitation. Flying over the Peninsula, I was staggered that anyone has even bothered trying to fashion a living here in these ... read more
a raggedy coastline
reflections - Khasab Fort
the township of Seebi, Khor Ash Sham

Middle East » Oman » Musandam Peninsula November 9th 2019

I made a few friends on my trip to Africa this past summer and we have kept in touch, including going to Kyrgyzstan together. AC organized a short trip with some of her friends and invited me along. It was an overnight stay on a dhow, the traditional boats of the Middle East. I said I was interested a few weeks ago, but the trip was not confirmed until the week before, which was perfect since my work schedule was so up in the air at this point. Friday morning, we met at her house and took two cars, including mine, to the northern tip of Oman, about a 2.5 - 3 hour drive. I rode with two girls I never met before, M (American) and R (English), both of whom had just run in the ... read more
paddle boarding
swim up bar
snorkeling

Middle East » Oman » Musandam Peninsula December 25th 2017

When I was researching my trip to Dubai, I was looking at the different day trips on offer and the ones to Oman caught my eye. So after a few minutes deliberation I booked one. Not that we would be spending much time on land in Oman, but we would be sailing along the coastline. The trip also sounded nice and relaxing, which suited me down to the ground. I was picked up very early in the morning and we drove for a couple of hours. I was surprised as I was the only one in the minivan, but was told we were picking some others up. I enjoyed the drive as the landscape was like nothing I am used to. Once we left the city, it was all desert. I saw the camps where you ... read more
Dibba Port
Our Boat
Dibba Port

Middle East » Oman » Musandam Peninsula March 8th 2017

Wednesday March 8 – Today was our earliest day, with a 6:15am pickup and then transfer to a minibus that would drive us four hours to get to the Musandam peninsula in Oman. I’d been wanting to go to Oman for a while, and this part of the country was relatively close to Dubai, and separated from the rest of Oman by the UAE. On the ride I chatted most of the way with Janis, a Scottish woman living in the Isle of Man, an island near England. We had to stop at the border to have our passports stamped out of UAE, then stop again to pay the exit tax to leave, then stop again to get stamped into Oman. Once through the border, we were treated to lovely views of the coast until we ... read more
Our fancy pants room
View from the balcony
Yes Jeeves, let me relax a little longer would you, old chap?

Middle East » Oman » Musandam Peninsula » Khasab March 8th 2017

Geo: 26.171, 56.2406After a poor nights sleep I am awoken by a clarion call of different alarms at 06.15. So paranoid that we would oversleep and miss our excursion we set alarms on both our phones and the in-room telephone. They all went off simultaneously. Today we are in Khasab. Khasab is a city in an enclave of Oman bordering the United Arab Emirates called Musandam.The Musandam Peninsula has an abundance of sheltered fjords, created by fragmented rock they stretch claw-like into the sea and massive overshadowing cliffs tower above. The coast juts into the Strait of Hormuz and extends some 600 kilometres. These spectacular fjords have given the area a second name "The Norway of Arabia".We shower and grab a quick breakfast before heading down to the aft bar to collect our tour stickers (No ... read more
Dhow. Cool and comfortable
Dhows await
Fjords

Middle East » Oman » Musandam Peninsula » Khasab March 8th 2017

Geo: 26.171, 56.2406After a poor nights sleep I am awoken by a clarion call of different alarms at 06.15. So paranoid that we would oversleep and miss our excursion we set alarms on both our phones and the in-room telephone. They all went off simultaneously. Today we are in Khasab. Khasab is a city in an enclave of Oman bordering the United Arab Emirates called Musandam.The Musandam Peninsula has an abundance of sheltered fjords, created by fragmented rock they stretch claw-like into the sea and massive overshadowing cliffs tower above. The coast juts into the Strait of Hormuz and extends some 600 kilometres. These spectacular fjords have given the area a second name "The Norway of Arabia".We shower and grab a quick breakfast before heading down to the aft bar to collect our tour stickers (No ... read more
Dhow. Cool and comfortable
Dhows await
Fjords

Middle East » Oman » Musandam Peninsula November 29th 2016

Nichts…soweit das Auge reicht…ein gelbbraunes Nichts. Irgendwie ist da noch weniger als Nichts – man kann es gar nicht wirklich beschreiben – es wirkt auf einen so, als wäre nichts da in diesem gelbbraun. Blickt man von der Reling auf das Land erheben sich rund um dieses Nichts ein paar eintönige Felsbrocken, dazwischen in der Ebene ein paar Häuser und ein altes Fort. Alles in Ocker gehalten - der sandbedeckte Boden, die getünchten Häuser, die steinernen Felsen, sogar die hier und da einsam wachsenden Bäumchen. Auf der Erde alles eine Farbe. Ein heißer Windhauch umgarnt einem das Gesicht und bringt den Schweiß auf der Stirn zum Stocken. Ein kurzer Wisch und die eben noch reine Haut der Hand passt sich der Umgebung an – dieses gelbbraunfarbene heiße Nichts beginnt damit, wie vorher schon alles andere hier, ... read more
2 - karge Dorflandschaft
3 - ab auf den Aussichtspunkt
4 - Hier oben gibt es etwas Meh(e)r zu sehen

Middle East » Oman » Musandam Peninsula January 14th 2016

We arrived in Dubai on Saturday 9th January for a two night stay prior to boarding our ship, The Splendour of the Seas, on Monday 11th for a 7 night cruise calling at Khasab in the Musandam Peninsula, Northern Oman, then Muscat: back to Abu Dhabi and finally Dubai. Good flight from Heathrow on Friday 8th January on a Quantas A380 ("a city in the sky": or at least a decent sized village in the sky). We arrived in Dubai at 07.10 on the the Saturday morning at the impressive new Terminal 3 and took a driverless train to the main terminal where we spent a fair amount of time waiting for the immigration staff to condescend to approve our visit; then another wait for our baggage. It was an hour and a half before we ... read more
RAKBANK friends Ram & Mohamed Kutty
RAKBANK's new Head Office
All aboard The Splendour of the Seas

Middle East » Oman » Musandam Peninsula » Khasab December 22nd 2015

Geo: 26.171, 56.2406Esta vez tomamos la excursión de viajar en un Dhow por los fiordos (khor) de Khasab. Hicimos una parada para ver delfines. Y otra parada más en la Telegraph Island para nadar un rato en agua extra-salada. Aquí había banana-fish, pececillos que comen banana. Y dada la salinidad era casi imposible mantenerse bajo el agua. Estuvimos platicando con una familia de Atlanta que llevaba 3 años, muy contentos, viviendo en Kuwait. Al regresar tomamos la siesta. Y luego fuimos a ver el show de los Beatles Celebration.... read more

Middle East » Oman » Musandam Peninsula May 17th 2015

We left Dubai, heading north to Oman's Musandam Peninsula, a small inhospitable area cut off from the rest of the country by the UAE. We drove through the flat desert pain, with only the odd sand dune and town breaking up the landscape. After an hour or so, barren rocky mountains appeared on the horizon. And these mountains stayed in front of us right up to the Omani border. For some reason I really enjoy crossing borders by land. The nations flags held up high, border guards, the little bit of 'no mans land' between the two border posts... it's infinitely than arriving into a new country the usual way, through a nondescript airport. As soon as we were through, the road which previously had all the space in the world to weave through the desert ... read more
Enjoying the view!
Fossil in the rock
Our captain




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