Kumzar, Oman – November 15 2012 – A young Kumzari girl looks down at her neighbors from the roof of her house in the early afternoon. Houses in Kumzar are built closely together, allowing inhabitants to closely interact with one another. Located in the northernmost tip of Oman, Kumzar is an isolated village in the Musandam peninsula. Because of its’ unique geographical location, locals speak a unique non-semitic language known as Kumzari. All inhabitants on the island also share the same last name. (Razan Alzayani / The National)

A young Kumzari girl looks down at her neighbors from the roof of her house in the early afternoon. Houses in Kumzar are built closely together, allowing inhabitants to closely interact with one another. Located in the northernmost tip of Oman, Kumzar is an isolated village in the Musandam peninsula. Because of its’ unique geographical location, locals speak a unique non-semitic language known as Kumzari. All inhabitants on the island also share the same last name.