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"The Land of Many Vistas!"

Khasab Tourism

Home to Jebel Harim or the 'Mountain of Women', sandy beaches, beautiful corals and a Portuguese fortress, the city of Khasab is a quiet town oozing with history. Tourists can enjoy a cruise through the 'Fjords of Musandam' and swim in the turquoise seas. Or, if they prefer, snorkel and explore the stunning corals and sealife. History buffs will enjoy trekking the mountains of Musandam and visiting the abandoned houses in the deserted towns close to Khasab. The city is old but cared for by its residents. A city like no other in Oman, Khasab is a humble city which has retained its charm for centuries.

Things to do in Khasab

1. Khasab Fort

Khasab Fort
Visiting the Khasab Fort is one of the best ways tourists can get a glimpse of how Oman looked like before it was globalised. The Khasab fort was built in the 17th century by the Portuguese. The fort (Read More)now houses one of the best museums in Oman and gives visitors a fantastic glimpse of how the Omanis used to live in the 17th century. The main attraction of the fort is the actual boats from ancient Musandam that are exhibited.

2. Jebel Al Harim

Jebel Al Harim
Known as the Mountain of Women, the beautiful Jebel Harim is the highest peak in Musandam located at 2,087 meters above sea level, offering breathtaking views of the glorious valley. The rocks on the (Read More)mountains are studded with well-preserved fossils, showing signs of life from creatures like molluscs, fish, clams and a collection of trilobites. The summit of the mountain is off-limits to the public as there is a radar station situated on the peak, watching the shipping action on the Straights of Hormuz.

3. Dolphin Watching and Snorkelling

Dolphin Watching and Snorkelling
If you're a fan of the sea, this will be a fantastic experience for you! There are many private boat tour companies around Khasab, but the most popular one is the Musandam Sea Adventure Travel and Tou (Read More)rism company. With them, you can book a day trip or a 2-day tour to see the dolphins and whales. You will also have the opportunity to snorkel and see some of the most fantastic corals and fishes.

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Shopping in Khasab

The most common souvenirs you can buy in Khasab are tea sets, jewellery, saucers, pitchers and Omani dresses. Khasab also has many shopping centres where you can find local fashion stores. You won't find a lot of western clothing being sold in Khasab.

Nightlife in Khasab

There are no clubs or pubs in Khasab. There is, however, a bar called the Darts Bar. This is the only place in the area where you can get a drink. It's located on the first floor of the Atana Khasab Hotel. You can get a variety of drinks here, but the choices for wine and beer are quite limited.

Khasab Customs

In Khasab, it is respectful to dress conservatively. Therefore, it is advisable to cover your shoulders and knees. It is uncommon to tip in Oman, but rounding up to the next rial is accepted.

Daily Budget for Khasab

At Khasab you will probably spend up to OMR 10-OMR 20 per day.

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How to Reach Khasab

How to Reach Overview

From Muscat, there are various ways to get to Khasab. However, Dubai is approximately 2.5 hours by road from Khasab (197 km). 

How to reach Khasab by flight

Once you reach Muscat, there are regular flights from Muscat to Khasab at the Muscat International Airport.

How to reach Khasab by road

You could also hire a cab to take you from Muscat to Khasab but it would take around 6-7 hours. It's really easy to rent a car or get taxi service.

From Dubai
Follow this coastal drive route if you are driving from Dubai

Sharjah>Ajman>Ras Al Khaimah>Musandam>Khasab

Drive time
Approximate 2 hours by road

  • A Visa from RAK border with a fee of AED 50 per person
  • Passport
  • Oman Car Insurance (This can also be taken from the border)

How to reach Khasab by bus

The bus from Muscat to Khasab would take around 7 hours. 

How to reach Khasab by waterways

Ferry services are available from nearby cities that sail 2-3 times in a week. Check the schedule beforehand.

Local transport in Khasab

The only way to get around in the city is with a car or cab. At Jebel Harim, it is a must to have a four-wheel-drive because the rocky roads and mountains can take a huge toll on normal cars. You can either rent a 4-wheel-drive, for which you require an International Driving Permit. If you do not have one, you can also hire a driver. It is best to rent a car in Muscat at places like Arabia cars or Speedy Oman and drive to Khasab. You can also rent a car from Muscat International Airport.

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FAQs on Khasab

What is the best time to visit Khasab?

The best time to visit Khasab is between November and March. This is a pleasant time, and you'll feel a cool breeze when you're in the mountain range. It is not a good idea to visit Khasab in the summer because the mountains are extremely arid and hot. Also, avoid visiting when it rains because the mountain terrain gets very slippery and muddy. 

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What is the local food in Khasab?

The food at Khasab, much like throughout Oman offers a very delicious blend of both Arabian and Indian influences. Almost all restaurants and cafes around Khasab sell shawarmas and biryanis. A very popular snack in Oman are dates, which are traditionally served with Kahwa (very bitter coffee). Dates are a staple food in Oman as they are found almost everywhere across the country. The local food choices are Harees (wheat mixed with meat), Kebabs and Machboos (rice with saffron and spicy meat). There are many restaurants you can go to for eating local food. Some popular ones are Wadi Qada restaurant, Al Mawra Restaurant and Telegraph Island Restaurant.

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What is the best way to reach Khasab?

From Muscat, there are various ways to get to Khasab. However, Dubai is approximately 2.5 hours by road from Khasab (197 km). 

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What are the places near Khasab?

The top places near to Khasab are Ras al khaimah which is 48 km from Khasab, Muscat which is located 360 km from Khasab, Fujairah which is located 83 km from Khasab, Musandam which is located 18 km from Khasab, Dubai which is located 144 km from Khasab

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