Info Musandam - Oman
The inhabitants of the area of Oman have long prospered on Indian Ocean trade. In the late 18th century, a newly established sultanate in Muscat signed the first in a series of friendship treaties with Britain. Over time, Oman's dependence on British political and military advisors increased, but it never became a British colony. In 1970, QABOOS bin Said Al-Said overthrew the restrictive rule of his father; he has ruled as sultan ever since. His extensive modernization program has opened the country to the outside world while preserving the longstanding close ties with the UK. Oman's moderate, independent foreign policy has sought to maintain good relations with all Middle Eastern countries.
Musandam is the smallest and most northerly region of Oman, covering an area of around 3,000 square km. Its rocky headland juts out into the Strait of Hormuz, giving it strategic dominion over one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. The magnificent Hajar mountain range dominates the landscape of Musandam. It extends about 640 km from R'as Al-Hadd in the south up to Khasab, and ends with Ru'us Al-Jebal plunging dramaticallyand dizzily into the sea creating deep fjords and inlets. Jabal Harim is Musandam's highest mountain at 2,087m. The entire interior is basically mountainous, with a graded track stretching from Daba to Khasab that snakes through narrow gorges, round hairpin bends and down into wadi beds. The seas are rich with wildlife and the magnificent scenery is breathtaking. Musandam has a population of approximately 30,000, largely concentrated in Khasab, the administrative centre. The people earn their living mainly through fishing, boat building and a number of traditional handicrafts, such as the manufacture of the Musandam axe or Jirz; the symbol of Musamdam that dates back to the Bronze Age. The isolated and harsh environment of the region has instilled hardiness and resourcefulness in the people of Musandam, many of whom migrate to the coast in summer to fish and harvest dates.