Musandam, now popularly known as the Norway of the Middle East, is your go-to spot in search of adventurous things to do. But of course, there is no snow and the temperature is not cold. Musandam gets its name from the spell-binding fjord-like natural landscape and has become a haven for adventure seekers. This Omani peninsula, bound in by the United Arab Emirates and the Strait of Hormuz, is a tiny world tucked in amid blue clear waters and quaint villages. Go for kayaking, scuba diving, and snorkeling or have a romantic adventure.
Go for a dhow ride and take in the towering Al Hajar mountains with its imposing height. Spot dancing dolphins in the crystal waters and in the evening sit mesmerized at the alluring view of the sunset between the fjords.
Khasab Castle is a 17th-century fort built by the Portuguese to take control over the Strait of Hormuz but it failed as they were removed by the Omanis in 1624. The current castle compound takes you through the ancient history of Musandam and its cultural heritage and artifacts. A must place to visit and learn about the bygone times.
Telegraph Island is an island used by the British to build a telegraph-cable repeater station in 1864. It was used to enhance telegraphic messages along the Persian Gulf submarine cable and build communication between India and Britain. The harsh summer heat and resentment of the local tribes made the life of British officers miserable and insane. As a result, it is also called the maddening island. See the ruins of the 19-century deserted station, and go for a snorkeling and scuba diving adventure in the waters
Khor Najd is a natural creek close to Khasab City with a splendid view of the impressive Al Hajar mountains. Climb up the pass, enjoy the gorgeous view, and drive down the meandering road to the beach. Camp outside, go for kayak tours and fish for your meal!
Jebel Jais is a part of the majestic Al Hajar mountains and borders Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates. The summit is in Oman and forms the second highest summit in the Musandam Peninsula. The world's longest zip line opened on the mountain that forms part of the UAE in February 2018. It is 2,832 m long, and users travel at speeds of up to 150 km/h. Get on an adrenal rush and travel at speeds of up to 120kph to 150kph at a height of 1,680 m above sea level. It’s a place to include in the bucket list of thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies.
Do you love visiting natural wonders? Make it a point to visit Musandam fjords and share how you feel.
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