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Ras Al Khaimah (UAE)
The Musandam Peninsula (Arabic: جَزِيْرَة مُسَنْدَم \ رَأْس مُسَنْدَم, romanized: Jazīrat Musandam / Raʾs Musandam), locally known as Ruus Al Jibal (Arabic: رُؤُوْس ٱلْجِبَال, romanized: Ruʾūs al-Jibāl Heads of the Mountains), is a peninsula that forms the northeastern point of the Arabian Peninsula. It is located to the south of the Strait of Hormuz between the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman. It is inhabited by the Shihuh tribe and is mainly governed by Oman as the Musandam Governorate with certain parts governed by the United Arab Emirates, including Ras Al Khaimah and parts of Dibba.
Land features include the Western Hajar Mountains. Since these are the northernmost of the Hajar range, they and the peninsula are referred to as the Ruʾūs al-Jibāl (Arabic: رُؤُوْس ٱلْجِبَال, romanized: Heads of the Mountains). Wadis include that of Bih.
The highest point in the UAE is located at Jebel Jais near Ras Al Khaimah, which measures 1,934 m (6,345 ft) from sea level, but since the peak is located on the Omani side, Jabal Yibir at 1,527 m (0.949 mi) has the highest peak in the UAE.
During winter, the region can be fairly cool, particularly the mountains of Jais, Yanas (Arabic: يَنَس; ) and Yibir.
Fauna include the Ruus al Jibal fan-footed gecko, Arabian tahr and caracal. It is unknown if the Arabian leopard is still present.