Dubai to Musandam by Car : Top 5 Things to consider

Last Updated: November 09, 2022

Are you looking to spend a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Do you want to take a road trip and enjoy the beauty of nature? Musandan, popularly called the Norway of Arabia, is a great choice for nature lovers. The beautiful fjords and scenic beauty makes it a place worth visiting.

Where is Musandam?

Musandam is a small governorate in the Sultanate of Oman with Khasab being its state capital. It is located on the northern tip of the Arabian peninsula. United Arab Emirates lies between the mainland Oman and Musanda. Thus, the best way to reach Musandam from the UAE is to take a road trip.

How to get from Dubai to Musandam?

The Musandam peninsula lies towards the northern part of Dubai. While driving from Dubai, you can take the road to Ras Al Khaimah. The Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed road extends from Dubai to Khasab, the capital of Musandam, touching major cities like Sharjah, Ajman, and Ras Al Khaimah.

The road trip from Dubai to Musandam will take only two hours. But since you are required to cross the international border, the total travel time can take up to three hours. It is best to avoid public holidays as the border can be crowded.

If you take a Musandam trip by a rental car, you should carry an NOC from the car rental company. The rental car should also have Oman insurance. Besides, the rental contract should mention that you are crossing the border. You should carry a valid passport with you.

Is visa required for Musandam from Dubai?

Oman visa is required to enter Musandam from Dubai. Both residents and tourists will get on-arrival visa at the Khasab border crossing. The only requirement is to have a 3 months validity of passport. If you are a resident of the United Arab Emirates, your resident visa should also have 3 months validity.

Besides on-arrival visa, you can also get apply for Oman visa online at

What are the things to do in Musandam?

Musandam is well-known for its breathtaking views and natural beauty. Below are a few of the thing you can do in Musandam.

Dhow cruise

You can enjoy full day, half day or overnight dhow cruise in Musandam. The cruise includes 3-6 hours of cruise ride depending on the package selected. Besides, you can enjoy snorkelling, swimming, dolphin watching and get a view of the fishermen’s village. You will be taken to the historical Telegraph and Seebi island. You will also be provided refreshments and lunch on-board.

Mountain safari

Another major attraction of the Musandam tour is a four wheel drive to the Musandam mountains. You can visit the Bait UlQufl, go for an adventurous drive to Jebel Al Harim and take photographs at the Khor Najd or on the sight seeing stops on the way to Jebel Al Harim.


Besides going on a cruise ride in the beautiful fjord, you can also camp on its shores with campfire and beach sports like volleyball and badminton. Most camping facilities also offer live BBQ on the campsite for the tourists to enjoy.


The capital city of Musandam, Khasab, has a lot of attraction for tourists. You can visit the Khasab fort and Khasab castle to get a glimpse of the history of this region. Another option is to take the Khasab city tour and experience the Arabian way of life.


Musandam is one of the closest international destinations you can travel from Dubai. Dubai to Musandam travel will take only two hours, provided you travel during the non-peak season. If you are travelling by rented car, you should make sure to carry a non-objection certificate from the rental company so that you do not get into any legal hassle.You may also refer to our guide on Dubai to Oman by Road.

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