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Dibba (Musandam Peninsula)

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Dec 15, 2021

Dibba Al-Baya (Arabic: دبا البيعة, Dibba Al-Baya) is a small border town in the southeastern corner of Oman‘s Musandam Peninsula exclave. It faces the Emirati conurbation that is also called Dibba, which lies both in an exclave of the Sharjah Emirate and in the Fujairah emirate. About 5,000 people live in this Omani town.

A resort beach in Dibba

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Dibba has a large natural harbour on the East Coast of the Gulf of Oman and in previous periods of history, it was attacked and conquered by several regional and colonial powers. Today Dibba is the entry point to Eastern Musandam and rather a classic border town.

UAE Residents

UAE residents who are not GCC nationals must send a confirmed reservation for a hotel or a dhow tour to the UAE authorities at least 48 hours before they arrive at the border post. This confirmation by the hotel or tour operator needs to be presented to the UAE border police in written form. Failing to send the reservation and present the written form at the border results in a denial of exit from the UAE! This applies to non-GCC UAE residents at the Dibba border only.

For years the border between Dibba (UAE) and Diba (Musandam) has been barely noticed. During the last few years, the UAE and Oman have severely beefed up the border and built fences. The easiest way in is from the UAE side on the roads E-99 from Fujairah or E-89 from Masafi. It’s about 1-1.5 hours’ drive from Dubai.

There is a gravel road to Zighy bay and a dirt road to Khasab. The conditions are adventurous and the trek should not be done with only one 4WD, as no facilities for stranded travellers are available.

  • 25.6497356.268841 National Ferry Company (Al Mina Port), +968 2674 8344 (Shinas office), e-mail: reservation@nfc.om. On Tuesdays (departure 10:00, arrival 12:30) and Thursdays (departure 12:30, arrival 15:00) ferries arrive from Khasab and continue on to Shinas, in northern Oman. On Sundays and Thursdays (departure 13:00, arrival 15:30) ferries arrive from Shinas and depart for Khasab. All ferries have free Wi-Fi, with lunch, snacks and beverages included in the ticket price. There is no ticket office in Dibba, so you will need to purchase your ticket by phone, or in Khasab or Shinas. You should get your ferry ticket in advance to ensure your place on the boat. One way: RO 10 (business class), RO 6 (tourist class). (updated Apr 2016)

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