Andrew Montgomery


Separated from the rest of Oman by the east coast of the United Arab Emirates, and guarding the southern side of the strategically important Strait of Hormuz, the Musandam Peninsula is dubbed the ‘Norway of Arabia’ for its beautiful khors (rocky inlets), small villages and dramatic, mountain-hugging roads. Accessible but still isolated in character, this beautiful peninsula with its cultural eccentricities is well worth a visit if you’re on an extended tour of Oman, or if you’re after a taste of wilderness from Dubai.

In a couple of days you can either do justice to the mountains around Jebel Harim by 4WD, or you can focus on the water and explore the khors (most easily by boat). With an ordinary saloon car, the drive along Musandam's western coast gives a taste of both, with its dramatic limestone scenery and reticulated coastline.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Musandam.