Musandam of Oman ....{by Bassam}

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The remote and still pristine wilderness area of Musandam is thriving with a dynamic diversity of life, with rugged mountainous fjord's giving a truly unique natural character.

Separated from the rest of Oman by the east coast of the UAE, and guarding the southern side of the strategically important Strait of Hormuz, the Musandam Peninsula is a land of beautiful fjords, small villages and dramatic, mountain-hugging roads. No longer difficult to reach, 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 the wilderness away from Dubai.

Just as the endless development of the UAE withers and the straight road begins to buckle towards the Musandam border, a cliffside track winds around the fractured coast and leads you to this Omani exclave.

The capital of the province, Khasab, is small, but far from sleepy. Its souq resounds to a babble of different languages, including Kumzari, its harbour bursts with activity, and there's the splendid fort, built by the Portuguese to keep their sailors supplied with dates and fresh water.

Despite the tanker motorway a few miles to the north, the waters around Musandam are pristine and full of dolphins that streak through the water like torpedoes. Just an hour from Khasab are dive sites with schools of blue and yellow Indian Ocean angelfish, Arabian butterfly fish, snappers, lionfish, groupers, stingrays and turtles. Some experts think the coral of Musandam is among the best in the world due to the absence of heavy industry along the coast and few fishing fleets in the area.

Rolling off the road onto any of the beaches that line the coast offers the perfect opportunity to while away the hours splashing in the Arabian Gulf. Later in the evening, the beach packs out with locals conducting meetings around a campfire, and makeshift fishermen catching local delicacies with a piece of string and a hook.

As the only access to the Persian Gulf, the Straits of Hormuz wash the shores of Musandam carrying rich nutrient laden waters from the Indian Ocean into the gulf attracting a staggering range of marine life - from turtles, mantas, sharks, rays, whale sharks, dolphins and whales - to the small reef dwelling creatures that form the basis of the area's food chain.

Until recently, the dusty heart and stony interior of Musandam could only be explored on the back of a mule. Now, a road climbs steadily into the great Hajar Mountains that stretch for close to 500km, reaching 3,000 metres at its highest point. The road soon becomes a track carved into the hillside, with extraordinary drops off the side into oblivion. At the crest of one hill the entire landscape will open up before you. Mountains hewn, carved and hacked from the ancient foundations of Earth sweep to the horizon.

It is the Gulf, but not as you know it: otherworldly Musandam is not a place for those wanting fusion food and FIJI Water, fine hotels or a Lamborghini showroom. This is the Middle East of wilderness, serenity and beauty.

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Comments (196)

mehmet bişmiş on June 28, 2012

Magnificent shot and gallery

liked it very much

LIKE MY FAVORITE

Respects the most intimate feelings and greetings from Turkey.

Mehmet

James Bian on July 17, 2012

Excellent composition, very beautiful coastline. Like

Best wishes,

Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!

And of course I Like it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good morning, greetings and best wishes from Greece-Piraeus.

Nikos1954.

saxina on July 18, 2012

مساء النور يا بسام انا جزائري أحييك على الصور الرائعة

Germán Cruces Rajoan on August 5, 2012

Grandíoso acantilado, maravillosa naturaleza.Saludos de Germán

loamvalley on August 16, 2012

What a spectacular view! Every detail of this impressing rock is so sharply recognizable! LIKE173 -- by the way: I added you to my list of favorite photographers!

Gerhard Weiss on August 21, 2012

Impressive rockwall.. LIKE!! Regards, Gerhard

andrew sharkey on September 6, 2012

L. 179.

Wonderful!!!.

✿ܓ Gy㋡ngyi ✿ܓ on September 13, 2012

Spectacular, nice photos!

Interesting site.

LIKE ♡

Best regards from Hungary Gyöngyi

waleedleoni on September 15, 2012

like 181 for this lovely view

greetings from egypt

Bassam Jayousi on November 9, 2012

Dear Panoramio Friends, thank you very much for visit, kind words and for the Like &/ Fav.

Best wishes from Dubai, Bassam


Lloret on November 11, 2012

nice coast, LIKE

Bassam Jayousi on November 12, 2012

Dear Panoramio Friends, thank you very much for visit, kind words and for the Like &/ Fav.

Best wishes, Bassam


Moni Quayle on December 7, 2012

Hello Bassam , Excellent picture, very nice shot, wonderful light, Like193

greetings from Freiburg

moni.

---=XEON=--- on March 22, 2013

Interesting coast, like this shot

Bassam Jayousi on March 22, 2013

Dear Panoramio Friends, thank you very much for visit, kind words and for the Like &/ Fav.

Best wishes from Dubai, Bassam


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Photo details

  • Uploaded on March 5, 2012
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    by Bassam Jayousi
    • Camera: SONY DSC-T70
    • Taken on 2007/12/20 14:15:54
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 19.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.100
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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