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Must-try Things When you Go on a Musandam Trip

The Musandam Peninsula in Oman is noted for its breathtaking landscape highlighted by jagged fjords that accentuate the beautiful coastline. It’s for this very reason that Musandam is nicknamed the “Norway of Arabia”. Here are the top must-try things when you visit Musandam.

Ride a Traditional Omani Dhow

The best way to visit this place is by going on an Omani dhow along the Strait of Hormuz, which is the inlet of water detaching Oman from Iran. Riding a wooden dhow gives you an insight into Oman’s tradition. 

The Omani dhow is considered a national pride. As a seafaring nation, Omanis take pride in building dhows. The art of building this unique water vessel has been passed on from generation to generation in the Sultanate of Oman. Although dhow building is becoming a dying art, there are still carpenters in the indigenous regions of Sur Oman who continue this legacy. 

Embark on an Omani dhow cruise and sail through the majestic fjords of Musandam. The typical Omani boat has a sundeck with seats where guests can appreciate the panoramic views. You can also pass through some fisherman villages and a few islands. If you go on an afternoon cruise, you can catch the stunning sunset and watch the sky fill with amazing colors. 

Snorkel and Scuba Dive in Musandam

You can sign up for Day Scuba Diving Musandam and explore the beautiful underwater world of the peninsula. Nemo Diving Center’s Day Dive in Musandam is open to everyone with or without certification.

If a single-day trip seems short, you can maximize your excursion by going on an Overnight Musandam dive on a custom-built Omani boat. For adventure lovers, Musandam is known for drift diving. This type of diving allows you to go along with the current. It’s fun, exciting, and gives you an element of surprise. 

For night diving Musandam, only Advanced Open Water Divers or higher are allowed to join. Some of the dive sites that might be included in the overnight trip are White Rock, Umm Al Fayarin Island, Ras Lima, and Octopus Rock. These waters are noted for the wide biodiversity of marine species. Some common sightings in the area are angelfish, fusiliers, batfish, parrotfish, turtles, and different types of rays. 

Taste Oman Delicacies

If you’re a coffee lover, Arabic coffee (qahwa or kahwa) is worth trying. Omani qahwa has spices and flavors that give it a distinctive taste. Its main ingredients are cardamom, saffron, and rose water. Some recipes include cinnamon and cloves. The ingredients are brewed and served in an Arabic qahwa pot.

In Oman, qahwa is a wonderful representation of Omani warmth and hospitality. Guests are often served with qahwa when they are invited to an Omani residence. Guests may also be offered Omani dates, fruits, and Omani halwa (sweet jelly dessert). 

Shuwa, which is Arabic for grilled meat, is a very popular dish in Oman that is often served on special occasions like Eid. The meat is marinated in Omani species and then wrapped in banana leaves. It is placed in an oven under the sand and cooked for one to two days. Families usually begin cooking shuwa on the first day of Eid and eat it on the second or third day. 

The mishkak (kebab) is another recommended dish to try when you visit Oman. It can be beef, mutton, or chicken marinated in special Omani spices and curry. It is grilled on sticks and served with Omani bread. 

Khubz Ragag (Omani bread) comes in different shapes and sizes but the traditional version is round. It is made of three basic ingredients, namely flour, salt, and water. Omani bread is popular in restaurants and is usually served alongside meals. 

Enjoy a Musandam trip

When you visit Musandam, the “Norway of Arabia”, make it a point to ride a traditional Omani dhow for a great vantage of the majestic fjords. For water and adventure lovers, go snorkeling and scuba diving to explore the colorful underwater world of the peninsula. Last but not least, savor the unique and tasty Omani delicacies.


Scuba diving is an exciting and adventurous water sport that offers a chance to explore the beauty of the underwater world and its amazing marine life. The UAE, particularly Dubai, is one of the most popular destinations for scuba diving, attracting divers from all over the world. With its crystal clear waters and diverse marine life, scuba diving in Dubai offers a unique and unforgettable experience.

The cost of scuba diving in Dubai varies depending on the dive center you choose and the type of dive you opt for. On average, a single dive can cost anywhere from AED 250 to AED 550, with the average price for a single dive being around AED 350. This price usually includes all the necessary equipment, such as the dive tank, regulator, and wetsuit, as well as the services of a professional dive guide. At Nemo Diving Center, We offer a wide range of diving packages to suit every budget and experience level.

Diving in Dubai is an incredible experience, and the UAE is home to many dive sites teeming with amazing marine life including colorful soft and hard corals, sea turtles, stingrays, manta rays, moray eels, cuttlefish, octopus, nudibranchs, seahorses, and a plethora of fish species. It is also noted for its incredible dive wrecks that have become rich artificial reefs. These dive sites offer a unique and exciting diving experience, providing a chance to explore sunken ships and other structures that have become havens for marine life.

Come and explore the unique underwater world of Palm Jumeriah in Dubai and incredible dive sites in Fujairah such as Dibba Rock, Sharm Rock, Martini Rock, Snoopy Island, and more. At Nemo Diving Center, we offer dive trips to these amazing dive sites, allowing divers to discover the incredible marine life that has made the wreck its home. We also offer a wide range of other dive sites to choose from, including shallow coral reefs, deep wrecks, and drift dives, providing something for every level of diver.

In conclusion, scuba diving in Dubai offers an unforgettable experience for all levels of diver. With its clear waters, diverse marine life, and incredible dive sites, Dubai is a must-visit destination for any scuba diver. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced diver, our team at Nemo Diving Center will ensure that you have an amazing time exploring the beauty of the underwater world.



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