The Omani governorate of Musandam lies to the extreme north of Oman, and is separated by a strip of land from the U.A.E. It has rough mountains, rising to over 1800 metres above sea level, that overlook the straight of Hormuz. This area of the Gulf has a beautiful fjord-like coastline. “Wilayat Khasab” is the capital of Musandam region and is situated in the north corner of the governorate. It has taken its name from the fertility of its soil, and it has a port (Khasab port). Its inhabitants depend on fishing, agriculture and shipbuilding.