Khasab, Oman

We recently went to Khasab, Oman, to take a dhow ride through the “fjords of Arabia.”  This part of Oman is called the Musandam Peninsula and is separated from the rest of Oman (where Muscat is located) by a bit of the UAE.

Near the Omani border, there were tons of goats and cows roaming the shop lined streets in the UAE towns past Ras al Khaimah.  Okay, so this picture of a lone goat doesn’t do the teeming goat population justice, but I was still excited to capture one while we drove because by the time my camera went “click” the pack was always out of the frame.

border town UAE

There is a big dusty cement factory right before the border.  The hustle and bustle of the workers and trucks stood in stark contrast to the Omani side of the border.  As soon as you make it across (getting out in both countries to show paper work and pay the equivalent of $100), you definitely feel you are  somewhere new.  The road is sandwiched between the turquoise water of the ocean lapping on to the pavement, and the stark, craggy cliffs.  It feels blissfully remote, a welcome break from the urban feel of Dubai.  Follow the winding road a bit and you’ll come upon one of the dhow operators.

Here are some pics from the outing.

Dhows before departure






These guys were helping us call the dolphins. Apparently they like to jump out of the water when swimming in between two boats.

Our driver

tropical fish near Telegraph Island, where we docked to swim and snorkel

Not a great photo, but can you see the tiny village in the mountain?

Musandam 2

This was a lookout point from the road, where there is a little playground and picnic benches.


About Lynda

Longhorns and Camels is a blog about exploring Dubai from the perspective of an expat from Texas. It features stories about living in Dubai including descriptions of local culture and popular activities in the region. It also includes photography of the UAE and other countries abroad. It has been recommended by several well-known guides for expatriates: InterNations, ExpatWoman and Expat Focus.
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6 Responses to Khasab, Oman

  1. Judy says:

    I remember making that trip. I was seasick, got sunstroke, a headache from the noisy dhow engine and nauseous from the smell of diesel. Apart from that, it was idyllic. 😉 I did like Telegraph Island, so peaceful. Did they tell you the story of it being the origin of the phrase “going round the bend?” The Straits of Hormuz being “the bend” and of course spending a long time in such a remote and desolate spot would drive anyone round the bend, lol!

    • Oh no! How awful! I was worried about my husband b/c he’s prone to motion sickness, I even brought along some dramamine, but he was fine. We did the half day one which was plenty for me (and definitely enough for the kids). Did you do one that was longer? I was also really grateful that we didn’t go when it was any hotter outside. Even in October it was pretty toasty at times and it felt great to swim. I had to read up about the area and Telegraph Island on my own because we didn’t get much of a “tour.”

  2. texaslaid says:

    Love the photos, Happy Thanksgiving to you & the boys!

  3. Molly says:

    Wow, so gorgeous and really breathtaking pictures you shot. You are quite the photographer!

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