Dhow cruise in Musandam

Dhow cruise along the Fjords of Musandam, Oman with striking sceneries, fantastic landscapes, unique opportunity to see very remote villages and houses where people still lives by fishing, great places for snorkeling and if lucky enough you can watch dolphins come along your dhow and entertain you.


Dhow is a traditional Arab sailing vessel. Even to the present day, dhows make commercial journeys between the Persian Gulf and East Africa using sails as their only means of propulsion. Their cargo is mostly dates and fish to East Africa and mangrove timber to the lands in the Persian Gulf. They often sail south with the monsoon in winter or early spring, and back again to Arabia in late spring or early summer.

Some scholars claim that the sambuk, a type of Dhow, may be derived from the Portuguese caravel.

Traditionally Yemeni Hadhrami people, as well as Omanis, came to Beypore, Kerala, India along the centuries in order to build Dhows. The reasons were the availability of good timber in the forests of Kerala, the availability of good coir rope and also the presence of skilled carpenters (Kalashi’s) specialized in ship building. Formerly the sheathing planks of a dhow’s hull were held together by coconut rope instead of nails. Beypore Dhows are known as ‘Uru’ in Malayalam, the local language of Kerala. Settlers from Yemen, later known as ‘Baramis’, are still active in Uru business in Kerala.


8 thoughts on “Dhow cruise in Musandam

  1. i was exactly talking about this with a friend yesterday, and now i found about it in your blog. this is awesome.

  2. i came here just to post this comment thanking you for posting these great articles. those entertain me a lot.

  3. This is a beautiful image—the blueness of the water is very refreshing and that gives a warm impression of a fine day ahead…
    And thanks for sharing a wealth of information about history of Dhow…

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