The Norway of Arabia
Capital city of the Musandam peninsula—and located on the coast of the Straight of Hormuz between Oman, Iran, and the United Arab Emirates—Khasab was built by the Portuguese as a strategic trading port in the early 1600s. It was virtually unreachable by land for centuries until a modern coastal road was constructed.
Now a popular vacation destination, especially amongst Emiratis, Khasab is renowned as “the Norway of Arabia” for its beautiful fjords and massive cliffs, which you can see up close and personal in a dhow cruise or kayak (keep an eye out for dolphins!).
Other scenic outdoor activities include city tours, Jeep safari rides to Jebel Harim, scuba diving amongst rich marine life, and mountain treks for wonderful views over the Gulf of Arabia and the Gulf of Oman.
Dominating the small harbor is the well-preserved 17th century stone fort. Learn about the area’s history as you explore the complex, which also houses an interesting ethnographic museum.
Cruise around the khors (fjords) on the Musandam Peninsula on a traditional dhow and see why this area is called the Norway of Arabia. Take in beautiful coastline, snorkel in crystal-clear water offshore from Telegraph Island, and keep your eyes peeled for dolphins.
The “Mountain of Women,” is named for the days when local women would retreat into the mountainous caves for protection from pirates and rival tribes when the men of the area were on expeditions. Take in some amazing fossils, petroglyphs, and an ancient graveyard, as well as stunning views of the area.
Khasab, Oman At a glance