Khasab is a city in Oman's exclave bordering the United Arab Emirates. Khasab is the local capital of Musandam peninsula and has been dubbed the "Norway of Arabia" due to its extensive fjord-like inlets and desolate mountainscapes. In 2003 the city's total population was 17,730.
At the beginning of 17th century the Portuguese built Khasab at the height of the naval presence they had in the region. The natural harbour provided shelter from tough seas and unlike many forts, built on high ground for defensive purposes, the city of Khasab was designed as supply point for water and dates for Portuguese vessels sailing through the strait. Currently, Khasab is protected from floods by a trio of large dams.
Access to the region by land was impossible until a contemporary coast road was built, allowing fast access from the UAE, making Khasab a weekend destination for residents of the Emirates. The new road provides access to Tawi village, where prehistoric drawings of animals, warriors and boats can be seen in the rock face. The city of Khasab also has several modern shopping areas with locally created pottery and imported Irani goods, and a few hotels, including Atana Musandam Resort, Khasab Hotel, and Atana Khasab Hotel situated on a cliff overlooking Persian Gulf.
Khasab features an intriguing trading position, that hinges on the proximity to Iran. Iranians export goats and sheep into the local port, and from there the animals are dispatched to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in trucks. On the return trip to the Islamic Republic, sailors load the boats up with American cigarettes and electronic goods, arriving after sunrise in Khasab and leaving before sunset in order to conform with Omani immigration laws. The trading is illegal under Iranian law, so they must avoid Islamic Republic's coastguard and all other shipping in the waters of the Strait of Hormuz. This kind of crossing is hazardous since the ships, piled high either with numerous boxes or with livestock must avoid the path of scores of oil-tankers passing through the Strait. The U.S. sanctions against Iran have increased the amount of smuggling through Khasab.
Boats out of Khasab take vacationers on trips to view dolphins common in the waters around Musandam, as well as to see Telegraph Island, for a short time (1865-1868) the site of manned telegraph repeater station on a cable section between Bombay and Bahrain.
Highlights: Norway of Arabia, Kasab
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Port Khasab cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Khasab, Musandam, Oman. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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