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Musandam Peninsula, Oman

The Musandam Peninsula is the northeastern tip of the Arabia, facing the Strait of Hormuz, and it is a beautiful region belonging to Oman.
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Shipwreck, Persian Gulf, Musandam Peninsula
Shipwreck, Persian Gulf, Musandam Peninsula
Shipwreck, just after the UAE/Oman border post, Musandam Peninsula
Shipwreck, just after the UAE/Oman border post, Musandam Peninsula
Shipwreck
Shipwreck
Shipwreck, Persian Gulf, Musandam Peninsula, Oman
Shipwreck, Persian Gulf, Musandam Peninsula, Oman
Driving along the Persian Gulf coast, Musandam Peninsula, Oman
Driving along the Persian Gulf coast, Musandam Peninsula, Oman
Old Dhow, Bukha, Musandam Peninsula
Old Dhow, Bukha, Musandam Peninsula
Fort at Bukha, Musandam Peninsula, Oman
Fort at Bukha, Musandam Peninsula, Oman
Fort at Bukha, Musandam Peninsula, Oman
Fort at Bukha, Musandam Peninsula, Oman
Fort at Bukha, Musandam Peninsula
Fort at Bukha, Musandam Peninsula
Inside Bukha Fort
Inside Bukha Fort
Omani flag over Bukha Fort
Omani flag over Bukha Fort
Sultan Qaboos of Oman
Sultan Qaboos of Oman
Restoration workers at Bukha Fort
Restoration workers at Bukha Fort
Bukha Fort
Bukha Fort
View from the walls of Bukha Fort, Musandam Peninsula, Oman
View from the walls of Bukha Fort, Musandam Peninsula, Oman
Bukha Fort
Bukha Fort
The Gulf seen from Bukha Fort
The Gulf seen from Bukha Fort
Old dirty cannon in Bukha Fort
Old dirty cannon in Bukha Fort
Old dirty cannon in Bukha Fort
Old dirty cannon in Bukha Fort
Al Qala Fort on a hilltop above Bukha, Oman
Al Qala Fort on a hilltop above Bukha, Oman
Bukha, Musandam Peninsula
Bukha, Musandam Peninsula
View from the Al Qala Fort, Bukha
View from the Al Qala Fort, Bukha
View of Bukha Fort from Al Qala Fort
View of Bukha Fort from Al Qala Fort
View up the Musandam Peninsula from Al Qala Fort
View up the Musandam Peninsula from Al Qala Fort
Al Qala Fort, Bukha, pre-restoration
Al Qala Fort, Bukha, pre-restoration
Al Qala Fort, Bukha, pre-restoration
Al Qala Fort, Bukha, pre-restoration
Al Qala Fort, Bukha, pre-restoration
Al Qala Fort, Bukha, pre-restoration
During a March 2005 visit to Musandam, I found the Al Qala Fort undergoing restoration work
During a March 2005 visit to Musandam, I found the Al Qala Fort undergoing restoration work
Al Qala Fort, Bukha
Al Qala Fort, Bukha
Al Qala Fort, Bukha
Al Qala Fort, Bukha
Al Qala Fort, Bukha
Al Qala Fort, Bukha
Al Qala Fort, Bukha
Al Qala Fort, Bukha
View of Bukha from Al Qala Fort
View of Bukha from Al Qala Fort
Bukha, Musandam Peninsula
Bukha, Musandam Peninsula
The road from Bukha to Khaseb, Musandam Peninsula
The road from Bukha to Khaseb, Musandam Peninsula
Fishermen with their catch near Bukha, Oman
Fishermen with their catch near Bukha, Oman
Disentangling fish from the nets
Disentangling fish from the nets
Unfortunately, unwanted stingrays were also caught in the nets and killed. What a waste.
Unfortunately, unwanted stingrays were also caught in the nets and killed. What a waste.
Weighing the catch on the beach before transport to markets in the UAE
Weighing the catch on the beach before transport to markets in the UAE
Persian Gulf beach, Musandam Peninsula, Oman
Persian Gulf beach, Musandam Peninsula, Oman
Cove behind a small rest area as the road starts to climb towards Al Harf
Cove behind a small rest area as the road starts to climb towards Al Harf
There is an isolated beach
There is an isolated beach
Cliffs, Musandam
Cliffs, Musandam
Musandam Peninsula between Al Harf and Hanah
Musandam Peninsula between Al Harf and Hanah
Musandam Peninsula between Al Harf and Hanah
Musandam Peninsula between Al Harf and Hanah
To get here, walk from the main road just past Al Harf
To get here, walk from the main road just past Al Harf
The old road looks quite treacherous
The old road looks quite treacherous
Old switchback road which has been thankfully replaced
Old switchback road which has been thankfully replaced
The end of a rough gravel track off the main highway, Musandam
The end of a rough gravel track off the main highway, Musandam
Deserted beach with an old mosque at the end of that track
Deserted beach with an old mosque at the end of that track
Isolated beach with a mosque prior to Khaseb
Isolated beach with a mosque prior to Khaseb
Isolated beach with a mosque prior to Khaseb
Isolated beach with a mosque prior to Khaseb
The buildings appear to be maintained
The buildings appear to be maintained
Musandam's excellent new road
Musandam's excellent new road
Dhow in the cove at Qida, Oman
Dhow in the cove at Qida, Oman
Fishing boats, Musandam (Qida)
Fishing boats, Musandam (Qida)
Beached dhow at Qida
Beached dhow at Qida
Pulling in the nets, Musandam, near the Golden Tulip
Pulling in the nets, Musandam, near the Golden Tulip
The Golden Tulip Resort at Khaseb is quite new
The Golden Tulip Resort at Khaseb is quite new
Golden Tulip-Khaseb, Oman
Golden Tulip-Khaseb, Oman
View from the Golden Tulip Resort, Khaseb
View from the Golden Tulip Resort, Khaseb
View from the Golden Tulip Resort, Khaseb
View from the Golden Tulip Resort, Khaseb
Lone Omani man on the beach near Khaseb in the evening
Lone Omani man on the beach near Khaseb in the evening
A group of Omani men enjoying the beach
A group of Omani men enjoying the beach
Low tide, Khasab, Musandam
Low tide, Khasab, Musandam
Local kids in front of Khasab Fort, Oman
Local kids in front of Khasab Fort, Oman
Khaseb Fort
Khaseb Fort
A house in Khaseb decorated with tiles
A house in Khaseb decorated with tiles
Downtown Khaseb isn't much
Downtown Khaseb isn't much
Map of the accessable land beyond Khaseb
Map of the accessable land beyond Khaseb
Departing Khasab Harbor on a Dhow trip
Departing Khasab Harbor on a Dhow trip
A boat load of Germans
A boat load of Germans
Ships outside Khasab Harbor
Ships outside Khasab Harbor
Sea birds
Sea birds
Sea birds
Sea birds
Locals unloading supplies on a remote beach
Locals unloading supplies on a remote beach
Musandam Peninsula
Musandam Peninsula
The tour departed around 10 am and was back by 4 pm.
The tour departed around 10 am and was back by 4 pm.
Khasab Tours Telegraph Island day trip AED200
Khasab Tours Telegraph Island day trip AED200
The Rodenbecks from Neumünster, Germany
The Rodenbecks from Neumünster, Germany
Nadifi, Oman, accessable only by boat
Nadifi, Oman, accessable only by boat
Nadafi, Oman, population around 100
Nadafi, Oman, population around 100
There are numerous Fjord-like inlets at the northeastern tip of Arabia
There are numerous Fjord-like inlets at the northeastern tip of Arabia
Another Dhow
Another Dhow
Fritz and his sister at the helm
Fritz and his sister at the helm
Qanaha, Oman, another village only accessible by sea
Qanaha, Oman, another village only accessible by sea
Qanaha, Oman
Qanaha, Oman
Musandam
Musandam
Another Khasab Tours dhow
Another Khasab Tours dhow
Kids on the bow
Kids on the bow
Musandam
Musandam
Tourist dhow
Tourist dhow
Telegraph Island, a stop for lunch and snorkeling
Telegraph Island, a stop for lunch and snorkeling
A fishing dhow at the village of Sham, Oman
A fishing dhow at the village of Sham, Oman
Sabine and Jörg Ladwig
Sabine and Jörg Ladwig
Interesting rock layers
Interesting rock layers
Peter and Käthi Rodenbeck
Peter and Käthi Rodenbeck
If you're lucky, dolphins will swim with your dhow
If you're lucky, dolphins will swim with your dhow
The Dibba end of the Wadi Bih route
The Dibba end of the Wadi Bih route
Wadi Khab A'Shamis, the direct route across Musandam Peninsula from Dibba to Ras al Khaimah
Wadi Khab A'Shamis, the direct route across Musandam Peninsula from Dibba to Ras al Khaimah
Wadi Khab a'Shamis
Wadi Khab a'Shamis
There is a treacherous road over the mountain to a beach at Zighi
There is a treacherous road over the mountain to a beach at Zighi
That road does not look easy...I've yet to try it.
That road does not look easy...I've yet to try it.
Turnoff to Zighi, Oman
Turnoff to Zighi, Oman
Switchback road to Zighi
Switchback road to Zighi
Switchback road to Zighi
Switchback road to Zighi
A small stone house, Wadi Khab A'Shamis
A small stone house, Wadi Khab A'Shamis
Wadi is Arabic for Dry River Bed (Arroyo)
Wadi is Arabic for Dry River Bed (Arroyo)
Wadi Khab A'Shamis
Wadi Khab A'Shamis
The road follows the Wadi
The road follows the Wadi
Wadi Khab A'Shamis
Wadi Khab A'Shamis
A cave along Wadi Khab A'Shamis
A cave along Wadi Khab A'Shamis
The Wadi supports a small, primitive settlement
The Wadi supports a small, primitive settlement
The road climbs 1000m (3000 ft) between the east coast and west coast of the Musandam peninsula
The road climbs 1000m (3000 ft) between the east coast and west coast of the Musandam peninsula
Mountain Road, Musandam
Mountain Road, Musandam
Mountain Road, Musandam
Mountain Road, Musandam
Jan Rodenbeck
Jan Rodenbeck
Mountain Road, Musandam
Mountain Road, Musandam
Lone Palm near the summit
Lone Palm near the summit
The book says they're 13th-14th Century ruins
The book says they're 13th-14th Century ruins
Ruin of stone house, perhaps that's 13th-14th Century A.H.
Ruin of stone house, perhaps that's 13th-14th Century A.H.
...but the book does say the terraced fields in the area date from the Julfar period (1200-1600)
...but the book does say the terraced fields in the area date from the Julfar period (1200-1600)
13th-14th Century ruins, Wadi Bih route, Oman
13th-14th Century ruins, Wadi Bih route, Oman
13th-14th Century ruins, Musandam
13th-14th Century ruins, Musandam
Near the village ruins
Near the village ruins
A twisted tree
A twisted tree
A lonely goat
A lonely goat
Old stone village on the Wadi Khab Ash-Shamis to Wadi Bih route
Old stone village on the Wadi Khab Ash-Shamis to Wadi Bih route
Grave stones
Grave stones
Grave stones
Grave stones
Grave stones
Grave stones
Old Grave
Old Grave
Grave stones
Grave stones
Friendly goat
Friendly goat
Wadi Khab Ash-Shamis to Wadi Bih route
Wadi Khab Ash-Shamis to Wadi Bih route
Wadi Khab Ash-Shamis to Wadi Bih route from Dibba on the east coast to Ras Al Khaimah on the Gulf Coast
Wadi Khab Ash-Shamis to Wadi Bih route from Dibba on the east coast to Ras Al Khaimah on the Gulf Coast
View from the road summit of the Hajar Mountains
View from the road summit of the Hajar Mountains
Jebel Qihwi is 1792 m and is accessable by a 3 hour hike
Jebel Qihwi is 1792 m and is accessable by a 3 hour hike
Jebel Qihwi is 1792 m
Jebel Qihwi is 1792 m
Jebel Qihwi is 1792 m, Hajar Mountains, Musandam, Oman
Jebel Qihwi is 1792 m, Hajar Mountains, Musandam, Oman
Wadi Khab Ash-Shamis to Wadi Bih route
Wadi Khab Ash-Shamis to Wadi Bih route
Jan Rodenbeck on top of the world
Jan Rodenbeck on top of the world
Wadi Bih summit
Wadi Bih summit
Dennis at the Wadi Bih summit
Dennis at the Wadi Bih summit
Look! It's the Moon!
Look! It's the Moon!
Canyons below the Summit
Canyons below the Summit
Canyons, Wadi Bih route
Canyons, Wadi Bih route
A donkey, Musandam
A donkey, Musandam
More ruins of stone dwellings
More ruins of stone dwellings
Decending towards Wadi Bih
Decending towards Wadi Bih
Goats
Goats
Hello
Hello
Stone house with Goats above Wadi Bih
Stone house with Goats above Wadi Bih
Roy in Musandam
Roy in Musandam
Goat checking to see if Roy is edible
Goat checking to see if Roy is edible
Descending to  Wadi Bih
Descending to Wadi Bih
Descending to Wadi Bih
Descending to Wadi Bih
Descending to Wadi Bih
Descending to Wadi Bih
Wadi Bih
Wadi Bih
Wadi Bih
Wadi Bih
Wadi Bih
Wadi Bih
Florian's mom, Wadi Bih
Florian's mom, Wadi Bih
Florian's parents visiting from Austria
Florian's parents visiting from Austria
Me, Wadi Bih
Me, Wadi Bih
The road from Ras al Khaimah to Dibba via Wadi Bih
The road from Ras al Khaimah to Dibba via Wadi Bih
The road from Ras al Khaimah to Dibba via Wadi Bih
The road from Ras al Khaimah to Dibba via Wadi Bih
The road from Ras al Khaimah to Dibba via Wadi Bih
The road from Ras al Khaimah to Dibba via Wadi Bih
A careless driver...
A careless driver...
The wreck same wreck a couple of years later
The wreck same wreck a couple of years later
View from the summit of the Wadi Bih Road
View from the summit of the Wadi Bih Road
Descending from the summit
Descending from the summit
Caution - in March 2009, we were unable to pass the Omani checkpoint in the direction of Ras Al Khaimah
Caution - in March 2009, we were unable to pass the Omani checkpoint in the direction of Ras Al Khaimah
Double check the situation if you're trying to drive the whole route from Ras Al Khaimah to Dibba
Double check the situation if you're trying to drive the whole route from Ras Al Khaimah to Dibba
An old irrigation channel
An old irrigation channel
Irrigated field growing meagre vegetables
Irrigated field growing meagre vegetables
Dusty Range Rover
Dusty Range Rover
Wadi Khab Ash-Shamis
Wadi Khab Ash-Shamis
A car that could not make it across
A car that could not make it across
Wadi Khab Ash-Shamis
Wadi Khab Ash-Shamis
Wadi Khab Ash-Shamis
Wadi Khab Ash-Shamis
Wadi Khab Ash-Shamis
Wadi Khab Ash-Shamis
Wadi Khab Ash-Shamis wet
Wadi Khab Ash-Shamis wet
Getting the car dirty, Wadi Khab Ash-Shamis
Getting the car dirty, Wadi Khab Ash-Shamis
Wadi Khab Ash-Shamis
Wadi Khab Ash-Shamis
Switchback road to Zighi
Switchback road to Zighi
This road has been replaced by the new access to Six Senses Hideaway Zighy Bay road to
This road has been replaced by the new access to Six Senses Hideaway Zighy Bay road to
Zighi, Oman
Zighi, Oman
Six Senses Hideaway, Oman - access visa-free from Dibba
Six Senses Hideaway, Oman - access visa-free from Dibba
Six Senses Hideaway - supposedly you can make lunch reservations if you're passing by
Six Senses Hideaway - supposedly you can make lunch reservations if you're passing by
Paved road near Dibba
Paved road near Dibba
Flood control across the wadi near Dibba
Flood control across the wadi near Dibba
Outside Dibba
Outside Dibba
Daba (Dibba) Castle, Oman
Daba (Dibba) Castle, Oman
Dibba Castle, Oman
Dibba Castle, Oman
Dibba Castle, Oman
Dibba Castle, Oman
Dibba Castle, Oman
Dibba Castle, Oman
Dibba Castle, Oman
Dibba Castle, Oman
Dibba Castle, Oman
Dibba Castle, Oman
Dibba Castle, Oman
Dibba Castle, Oman
Dibba Castle, Oman
Dibba Castle, Oman
Dibba Castle, Oman
Dibba Castle, Oman
Dibba Castle, Oman
Dibba Castle, Oman
Dibba Castle, Oman
Dibba Castle, Oman
Up on the walls, Dibba Castle, Oman
Up on the walls, Dibba Castle, Oman
Dibba Castle, Oman
Dibba Castle, Oman
Minaret, Dibba
Minaret, Dibba
Dennis in Dibba
Dennis in Dibba
Me in Dibba
Me in Dibba
Pigeon in Dibba
Pigeon in Dibba
Dibba Castle, Oman
Dibba Castle, Oman
Dibba Castle, Oman
Dibba Castle, Oman
Daba Castle
Daba Castle
Dibba Castle, Oman
Dibba Castle, Oman
Dibba Castle, Oman
Dibba Castle, Oman
Dibba Castle, Oman
Dibba Castle, Oman
Mosque, Dibba, Oman
Mosque, Dibba, Oman
Mosque, Dibba, Oman
Mosque, Dibba, Oman
Mosque, Dibba, Oman
Mosque, Dibba, Oman
113 km Dibba to Khasab - but foreigners can (Mar 2009) not get past the Omani checkpoint in Wadi Bih
113 km Dibba to Khasab - but foreigners can (Mar 2009) not get past the Omani checkpoint in Wadi Bih
Dibba, Oman
Dibba, Oman
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