Located on the northern end of the Sultanate, the Musandam peninsula is separated from the rest of the country by the east coast of the United Arab Emirates. Strategically located, part of it known as Ras Musandam, on the important international water passage of the Strait of Hormuz, the peninsula is a land of winding khors or lagoons, small villages and craggy mountains.
The governorate of Musandam consists of four Wilayats: Madha, Khasab, Bukha and Daba Al Bayah with the regional center at Khasab Town.
The Wilayat of Khasab is situated in the northernmost corner of the Musandam governorate. Khasab literally means fertility and consists of 136 villages; the Wilayat of Bukha has 86 villages, Wilayat of Daba has 114 villages and the Wilayat of Madha, the smallest Wilayat, with 10 villages. The total population of Musandam is only 31,425 of which 34% are expatriates.
Its inhabitants depend on fishing, agriculture, ship building in addition to animal husbandry and pasturage.