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Khasab Fjord & Smuggler's Nest, Musandam, Oman

We flew 1,5 hours with Oman Air from Oman's capital Muscat to Khasab ...

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... the isolated smuggler's nest, surrounded by deep fjords ...

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... on the Musandam Peninsula, facing the Strait of Hormuz, only 15 km away from Iran.

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Map: Wikipedia

About 25% of the world oil production passes this strategic point every day. Historically, this area has been under Portuguese rule (who built Khasab Castle) ...

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... and then under British control (who built an important hub for the telephone line to Asia here). Nowadays, Khasab hosts the FALCON seacable. There is a modern ferry from Dubai and a good asphalt road via Ras Al Khaimah. Khasab Airport is mainly military and hosts only one civilian flight per day.

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We hired the same Dhow that the Danish prime minister had been on the day before ...

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... and navigated deep into the fjordlands.

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The friendly Captain and the diving instructor:

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We saw dolphins ...

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3rd foto: Wikipedia

... and plenty of other small fish.

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A lonely fisherman village that needs to get all freshwater supplies by kayaks from Khasab, or by climbing over the mountains when the sea is too rough.

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The old road to the UAE ...

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Foto: Wikipedia

... and the new road along the coast to Ras Al Khaimah.

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Foto: Wikipedia

Posted by LuxuryRogue 11:38 Archived in Oman

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