Musandam Dibba and Khasab Musandam – Best Offbeat Dubai to Oman Road Trip
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This article is about helping you plan your Musandam Dibba and Khasab Musandam trip. Musandam is one of the best offbeat destinations and the nearest road trip from Dubai to Oman.
Like the Fjords in Norway, Musandam is the Arabian Fjords. It is surrounded by the Arabian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz, and the Gulf of Oman.
The location of Musandam is fascinating. Though it is a part of Oman, it is geographically separated from the mainland and is surrounded by the UAE Emirates – Ras Al-Khaimah and Fujairah. Musandam is a peninsula comprising high Hajar mountains and peaks.
A Road Trip from Dubai with serene mountain views
The two nearest road trips from Dubai to Oman are – to Dibba and Khasab. Dibba is about 168 km from Dubai and takes around 2 and a half hours. Khasab is about 198 km from Dubai and takes about 3.5 hours to reach. As you would be crossing the border from UAE to Oman, the border formalities may take up more of your time.
Be it Khasab or Dibba, the scenery of the mountains while driving through will soothe your mind. Musandam is popular for its dhow cruise, adventure activities, and mountain views.
Dibba town is situated on the border of the UAE and Oman. It spans across Fujairah and Sharjah (known as Dibba Al-Hisn) in the UAE, as well as a portion in Oman.
The drive through Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain, and Ras Al Khaimah is scenic, giving you a glimpse of the beauty of the northern UAE Emirates. The adventure starts once you reach the Dibba Harbor. Boarding the traditional Dhow Boat and sailing around the stunning rock formations on the clear waters – a must-have experience. Make sure you board the upper deck of the Dhow Boat for a better view.
Apart from Dhow Boats, visit the white caves (limestone caves), and don’t miss the adventures of banana boat rides, swimming, speedboat rides, fishing, kayaking, and snorkeling.
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The capital of Musandam Governorate in Oman, Khasab town is located in the northernmost part of the country.
Unlike Dibba, in Khasab, a traditional dhow cruise trip will allow you to witness more dolphins jumping out of the turquoise water. An Arabic lunch, picturesque fjords, and the sight of dolphins – a perfect moment!
In the dhow cruise that starts from Khasab Fort sailing through the Strait of Hormuz, you will get to experience the sight of Seebi fishing village and the once-abandoned Telegraph Island.
Things to do in Khasab
While the dhow cruise is the main attraction of Khasab Musandam, the following activities are worth it too –
1. Hiking and Camping on Jebel Harim
Go Camping, followed by hiking to the highest peak in Musandam – Jebel Harim (2,087m). The view of the villages and the valleys from the top are beautiful.
A 4×4 rollercoaster ride through the rugged roads can also take you to the Hajar Mountains.
2. Swimming and Diving at Khasab’s Beaches.
Khasab’s golden beaches are perfect for water activities like swimming and diving, while also offering the chance to camp by the shoreline. When you snorkel in the clear waters, you will witness Musandam’s marine treasures, including perfect coral reefs and diverse sea life.
3. Bassa Beach Camping near Khasab
Bassa Beach is located just 2 km from the ferry terminal in Khasab. It offers shade, toilets, and a great spot for swimming.
Camping is allowed. After rough weather or storms, beautiful seashells often wash up on the shores. The kebab sellers set up their shops on weekends. Don’t miss trying the dish.
4. Visit the Khasab Castle
History enthusiasts can visit Khasab Castle. The Portuguese built it in the 17th century. It is now a museum showcasing Musandam’s history.
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Musandam – Oman’s “Arabian Fjords,” are offbeat and can be visited within a day. This quick guide covers road trips from Dubai to Dibba or Khasab. Both offer picture-perfect scenery, dhow cruises, and water activities.
Dibba is nearer than Khasab. Both destinations offer Dhow Cruise on the turquoise waters, kayaking, snorkeling, speedboat riding, swimming, camping, and hiking. In Khasab, however, there is a higher chance of spotting a dolphin.
Two Unique Spots in Musandam – Dibba and Khasab, choose one or both; the experience will never disappoint you.