Top destinations in Musandam
Musandam travel attractions: The Khasab Castle in located in the Province of Khasab, which is the capital of the Musandam Peninsula. It was built by the Portuguese in the 17th-century, when they colonized the Khasab Province, as part of their plan to take control over the Strait of Hormuz, which is the narrow entry to the Arabian Gulf from the Arab Peninsula. Omanis used it when they were battling the Portuguese out of their country in 1624. Then, it was used as the house of the Walli (the governor of Khasab), and as a prison.
Khasab Castle is located in the Musandam Peninsula’s capital, the Khasab Province. The Portuguese built this castle in the 17th-century, as part of their undertaking to take control of the Strait of Hormuz and colonize the Khasab Province. The Strait of Hormuz connects the Arabian Gulf to the Arab Peninsula and is a prominent trading route, entry into the Arabian Gulf. The castle was used by the Omanis during their battles with the Portuguese during 1624, after which it became Governor Walli’s residence. The castle also served as a prison. Today it is a museum, which hosts several exhibitions on the history of Musandam. There’s also an exhibition of old documents, clothes, weaponry, jewelry, and other household items from those distant times. Use our blog post as a guide and check out this wonderful museum’s secrets for yourself.
An even more dramatic boat trip leads out to the famously remote town of Kumzar. The only way to reach the place is by boat – around two and a half hours by dhow or 45 minutes to an hour by speedboat. It is no longer possible to visit the town itself, but it is still well worth the trip out for the magnificent marine scenery. Trips head out into the open sea around the coast, passing the entrance to Khawr Ghob Ali and then past Jazirat al Ghanim (Goat Island). The journey continues into the Strait of Hormuz, with wonderful sea views of craggy headlands, distant islands and oil tankers plying up and down the strait, before turning in towards Kumzar itself, a colourful huddle of buildings wedged below sheer cliffs.
Full day Musandam Dibba tour from Dubai and Sharjah is one of the most demanded activities and very famous among UAE residents and tourist visa holders. It gives an opportunity to UAE single entry visa holders to book this tour as your visa is not cancelled. The tour starts from picking you up from given locations or driving up to the Oman border where our staff will be waiting with your entry permits. You can choose any package from our Khasab Musandam tour packages like full day dhow cruise, half day dhow cruise, Mountain Safari, Musandam Beach Camping, Overnight Dhow Cruise, tour to historical Khumzar village, Kayaking, Banana boat riding, dolphin watching and fishing. Find more info on Dubai Musandam Trip.
Khasab, a port city on the Musandam Peninsula, is a must for your travel itinerary! Check out the capital’s Khasab Castle, built in the 17th century by the Portuguese, in order to protect the Strait of Hormuz. Today, the renovated castle features a museum showcasing weapons, clothes, gems and jewellery. In the collection, there is a traditional hand mill and a lock house too. Khasab has restaurants serving Lebanese, Omani, and Indian cuisines. Avid shoppers should not miss out on spending some quality time at the traditional souks, shopping for souvenirs!