A zip line project in Khasab, Musandam, a governate of Oman, has been completed as part of the sultanate’s push to boost tourism. The Musandam Zip Line is Oman’s longest and one of the most significant adventure-related activities in the tourism push, which is part of a 20-year development strategy for the governate.
The Musandam Governorate is a mountainous peninsula—its jagged coastline features fjordlike inlets called khors—separated from the rest of the country by the United Arab Emirates. Khasab sits on the strategically important and visually dramatic Strait of Hormuz. The dual zip line has a striking view. Starting at a height of 220 meters (725 feet) atop Jabal Fitt, it spans a distance of 1,500m. It is located five minutes from the heart of Khasab.
Work on the project started in 2022 with contractors ensuring that all components were built and installed in accordance with international safety standards and procedures, including “an advanced braking system,” according to a press release. The landing point of the zipline will be connected to the Atana Khasab Hotel, where a visitor center will be established to offer a host of facilities and book various leisure and adventure activities that can be carried out in the area.
Sayyid Ibrahim Said Al Busaidi, Minister of State and Governor of Musandam, said: “This project will effectively contribute in adding a variety of exciting activities for tourists, and serve as a model for entrepreneurs to create multiple assets and services that support the tourism sector, particularly adventure tourism.”
The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism (MHT) is currently overseeing a host of other tourism and development projects in Musandam, which, according to MHT, attracted 200,000 tourists annually before the Covid-19 pandemic. A large number of those were cruise passengers—many of whom docked in Khasab.