Telegraph Island Oman or Jazirat Al Maqlab is an island in Musandam, Oman. Located in the Elphinstone Inlet, it is 400 m off the shore of the Musandam Peninsula. An Indo-European telegraph station was established on the island in 1864. Hence the name ‘Telegraph Island’. It was a vital link of communication between Britain and her empire in India. The officials marooned on the isolated island longed to return to civilization due to the unbearable heat. This gave birth to the expression ‘go round the bend’.
Abandoned in the mid-1870s, the island stays deserted. You can see the ruins of the station and the operators' quarters there. Go for a Dhow cruise and do snorkeling in the waters.
Contact: PO Box 275, PC 112, Ruwi,
Sultanate of Oman
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