While Musandam is technically part of Oman, the tiny peninsula
is all but surrounded by the United Arab Emirates. The barren
mountains that make up most of Musandam are home to a few isolated
villages; Khasab is the largest, with a few cultural attractions
like prehistoric rock paintings and a 17th-century castle.
But tourists don't come to Musandam for nightlife, they come for
the spectacular views and quiet beauty of nature. The coastline of
the peninsula is made up of stunning fjord-like inlets, and dhow
and boat trips along the coast are a popular activity in Musandam
(and a good way to spot dolphis frolicking in the sea). Scuba
diving is also popular, especially from the dive centre at the
Golden Tulip Hotel, the only major hotel in the region.