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Destination inspiration: Khasab, Oman

The stunning fjord of Khor Najd in the Musandam peninsula, Oman

The stunning fjord of Khor Najd in the Musandam peninsula, Oman

Why go?

Hailed as the ‘Norway of Arabia’ because of its fjord-like rock formations, Khasab plays host to a whole range of action-packed activities. The aforementioned fjords (or ‘khors’, as they’re known locally) are a real must see, and these can be viewed via a scenic cruise on a traditional dhow boat – just be sure to keep your eyes peeled and cameras poised for acrobatic spinner dolphins and giant turtles along the way.

There’s never a dull moment at the high-octane harbour, which buzzes with maritime merchants shifting budget-priced goods onto their sea-worn speedboats. The characterful souks offer everything from ornate hand-crafted walking sticks to fresh dates. The bustling New Souk offers a more modern shopping experience, with a large hypermarket hosting a variety of department stores. Once you’re ready for some well-earned shut-eye, choose from one of the highly-rated hotels in the city – all offering wonderful sea views and outdoor pools.

If you want something different from the hustle and bustle of Dubai’s high life, then a trip over to the Musandam peninsula’s capital city is just the ticket.

The Musandam mountains provide a dramatic backdrop to this immaculate, sandy beach

The Musandam mountains provide a dramatic backdrop to this immaculate, sandy beach

When to go?

Prime time for this peninsula is between October and January, when the seawater drops to a more refreshing temperature. One plus point about visiting during the scorching summer months is that many hotels lower their prices, so it’s generally a cheaper time to stay.

Where to stay?

Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort - Ras al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

Enveloped by picturesque landscaped gardens, this five-star seaside haven offers 500 metres of private sandy beach, two swimming pools and on-site water sports. With so much on offer, you might not feel the need to set foot outside the hotel. Guests rave about the hotel’s location, which is right in the heart of the exclusive Al Hamra Village.

Atana Khasab Hotel - Khasab, Oman

Looking more like a Bond villain’s hideaway than a hotel, Atana Khasab is perched on a rock face beside the stunning Musandam shoreline. Enjoy the best of Omani hospitality, along with an outdoor pool, on-site dive centre, and gorgeous rooms with either sea or mountain views.

Atana Musandam Resort - Khasab, Oman

The Atanda Musandam Resort is lauded by guests for its wonderful architecture, inspired by a traditional Omani village. You can drink in the fresh sea air from a private balcony or terrace, whilst enjoying views over the surrounding waterway. On site, you’ll find a diving centre, an outdoor pool, and a restaurant serving signature Omani dishes.