PROFILE

KHASAB TRAVEL & TOURS began in 1992 by Abdul Khalique Ahmed, a native of Khasab, Musandam. Using his knowledge of the area and his interest in nature and history, he wanted to share the beauty of the area with the world.

Khasab, as a town, has changed slowly over the years. Only in 1980 was a track made to reach from the border. This was later made with tarmac in 1997. The town's first hotel opened in 1982.

1992
The company begins with a small office in the centre of Khasab town, with an employee, Dhow and 4Wheel Drive vehicle. The first company offering Mountain Safaris and Dhow Excursions.

The first Dhow excursions began with a family owned Dhow that had previously been used for transport. The guests insisted to use traditional means to enjoy the coastline.

1993
Moved to Muscat and opened Oman Discovery as a branch. Offering the first limousine service to/from the airport and the Al Bustan Palace Hotel, and the first City Tours. Followed by excursions to all parts of Oman.

At this time Musandam was difficult to enter and exit. Despite these difficulties, a new Dhow was made especially for the company, the first of its kind in the area.

1995
Dibba operations began, offering an alternative to reaching the shores of Musandam. A Dhow was commissioned and tourists began to regularly enjoy day trips to the beauty of the Fjords of Musandam.

The fleet grows and a second Dhow is added. The third came in 1996, now gone, but the next came in 1997. Currently 3 Dhows are working regularly and an extra one is used when needed.

Kayaking was introduced as an additional service, still in operation The Kayaks consist of 2 different models; 2 are closed for 1 person each and 2 are open and accommodating 2 paddlers.

This was the time that Khasab was included on the itinerary of International Cruise lines. Khasab Travel & Tours facilitated their landing arrangements and also offered Dhow excursions. This was a great achievement and marks the success of the company.

1997
A small office was opened in Dubai. In 2002 it moved to its current premises, the Warba Centre in Deira, Dubai. Three people now expedite our services for guests coming from this area.

The first group of trekkers start a new trend, also still operating, seasonally.

1999
The Khasab Hotel was purchased, renovated and reopened. A management company ran the daily operation. It included 15 rooms, a swimming pool, restaurant and bar. Sold at the end of 2003 to make way for alternative investments.

2000
Khasab Travel & Tours became the GSA for both Emirates Airlines and Oman Air in Khasab.

The company also managed the ground handling of all aircrafts until the opening of the current, new airport in 2003.

Apartments were opened with 4x1 bedroom and 4x2 bedroom. This was due to demand and the desire to offer a home away from home. In 2004 a new apartment building, consisting of 8x2 bedrooms, will be opened in response to customer's needs.

2003
Saw the opening of two branch offices in hotels, Hilton Hotel Ras Al Khaimah and Golden Tulip Resort, Khasab. Both offices sell the excursions and arrange transfers.

2004
A new Live-aboard Dhow, MY Sindabad, offering overnight excursions into the Fjords of Musandam, for both divers and snorkellers.

The Diving Centre in the Golden Tulip Resort, Khasab is inaugurated, also offering watersports activities to the hotel's guests.

A new office will be opened in the new airport, offering Khasab Travel & Tours services directly upon arrival, including transfers to various locations in Khasab.