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Khasab is a city in Musandam Peninsula, Oman and home to about 18,000 inhabitants.

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Points of Interest in Khasab

  •    Khasab Castle (In front of the sea facing Port Authority). The Portuguese constructed this fortress in the beginning of the 17th century and occupied it until their withdrawal from the region. This castle, which housed the Wali and his family in recent centuries and once held prisoners, has been restored and transformed into a regional museum. In the courtyard of the castle are boats and houses representative of the unique heritage of Musandam. Entrance ticket 0.50 Rials.
  • Alkmazrh Fort. This fort is inside the city and it seems to belong to a specific tribe among the local people. The fort is taken care by the tribe's youngsters, who are proud of their ancestral possession.
  •    Khasab Dhow Port. Just facing the Khasab Port Authority for the ferry to Muscat, the traditional port for dhow boats is a place where you can appreciate and enjoy typical boats from this region. You can easily find boats to take you on a sea cruise.
  • Iranian Smugglers. Khasab is known for its Iranian smugglers. From here every day hundreds of small jet boats cross the Hormuz strait heading to the southern Iranian cities of Bandar Abbas and Qeshm Island.
  • Khasab Palm Groves (Old city). Hidden inside Khasab old city, you can visit and explore the beautiful palm groves. These oases are great and supply local people with some dates.
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About Khasab

Background

Khasab (Arabic: خصب‎) is a city in the northwest Omani exclave of Musandam. It is the state capital of the Musandam peninsula on the coast of the Hormuz Strait between Iran, the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

Khasab was isolated from the rest of the region for a long time. In the 16th century Portuguese troops conquered the peninsula and established colonial structures. After Oman regained control, Khasab was controlled tightly due to its strategic position. The construction of the new road from the United Arab Emirates was itself started by the city to develop its infrastructure and encourage more tourism and investment.

Khasab is the starting point to explore the little-known Musandam Peninsula and its special and unique traditions and culture. Travellers can enjoy great sights in and around the city that can be seen in two or three days cruising the region.

Khasab is most popular to spend a weekend off from Dubai or to visit on your way to Muscat, taking the twice a day ferry-boat along the deserted and arid rocky coast of Musandam.

Activities

  • Dhow Cruises. Dhows depart from Khasab twice a day for excursions to Telegraph Island. Currently quite a few agencies take care of this. Prices per trip start at 15 Rials if going with other people, and 30 Rials if you go alone.
  • Village of Tawi Rock Paintings. The new road allows access to Tawi where you can visit some prehistoric drawings and rock engravings of boats, animals and warriors.
  • City walk by night. As the temperature is far more pleasant during the evening, you can walk around the city center along the avenue and center mosque. Also, there are a couple of gardens that are open by night, where you can see families playing with their kids.
  • Mountain Safari. Trips to Jebal Harim (2087m /6847ft above sea level) with 4WD vehicles are a good opportunity to see the inner area. On these trips organized by most agencies in Khasab, you can see the beautiful rocky desert mountains of Musandam. However, at the mountain top is a military radar station, so going to the top requires permission and most tours therefore stop at 1600m above sea level near the barracks of the military station.
  • Snorkeling. All of the Musandam coast has amazing waters to dive. Near Khasab there are a few diving points and zones where you can see and swim among fishes.
  • Dolphin cruises. If you take one of those dhow boat excursions into Musandam beautiful coast, you'll be able to see dolphins just 10 minutes away from Khasab port.

Food

  • Al Shamaliyah Grill & Restaurant, Main square. Very good grill restaurant at the main square. Popular for local fish and meat dishes.
  • Musandam Restaurant +968 26730569. 8am to 11 pm. Local meat and fish dishes in this restaurant located in center city. Expect to pay from 1 Rial to 2 Rials depending on what you eat. Some vegetarian/vegan options.
  • Ice Cream (In the city center). Many supermarkets have freezers with several types of ice cream. Under the extreme heat of Musandam Peninsula, cold ice cream is very welcome. 0.3 Rials up to 0.5 Rials.

Drinks

  • Fruit milk shakes. Some restaurants can prepare you fruit milk shakes. These are made with real fruit and often mixed with ice cream and full pieces of fresh fruit. 1 Rial to 2 Rials depending your choice.
  • Black tea. All the local restaurants serve black tea. This is the traditional tea from the region. Usually nowadays, it is Lipton Black Tea.
  • Alcohol. Khasab allows alcohol in restaurants/bars with a licence. These places are limited (e.g. Golden Tulip Hotel), and as the alcohol is imported, rather expensive (e.g. beer 3-4 Rial)

Shopping

There are quite a few options of different supermarkets full with normal groceries, bottled water etc. LuLu Market is by far the biggest and offers the biggest variety, but small supermarkets have local products and niche products.

  •    LuLu Hypermarket, New Souk area (harbour area),  ++968-26830100, e-mail: shameerth@om.lulumea.com. 8AM - 11.45PM. Largest supermarket in Musandam with huge range of products (food/non-food).
  • Local Handicraft Shop, Khasab Castle (Inside Khasab Castle). Many local Musandam handicraft and Omani souvenirs can be bought on the shop inside Khasab Castle. Very friendly staff.
  • Dates. On the tiny Sikkit market in center town you can buy fresh dates.

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