All day speedboats from Iran arrive in the harbor of Khasab bringing goats, fruits and vegetables. They return with everything ranging from TV sets, perfume to cigarettes. Rumors have it that even small cars are loaded into the small boats.
On the Omani side this is official business but the Iranian police needs to be avoided. That’s why the boats travel in small group to spread out once they are spotted. But it can also be assumed that this business is tolerated for various reasons. Tourists who don’t know or haven’t read about this unique cross border enterprise won’t even notice. The Iranian boats dock in a part of the harbor that is closed for the general public and only locals can identify the different boats and the Iranian captains.
But simply knowing about the smuggling gives tourists a thrill. For the locals, it can be quite profitable business.