• Sharjah Facts
CITIES/TOWNS

From sunbathing on sandy beaches to canoeing among mangroves, high mountain drives and dhow cruises on turquoise waters, the emirate of Sharjah has it all. Apart from the city of Sharjah, following are some of the most happening cities/enclaves in the emirate:

East Coast

Khorfakkan

The name Khorfakkan translates to ‘Creek of the Two Jaws’ reflecting its setting in a splendid bay flanked on either side by headlands. This is Sharjah’s largest town on the east coast, located midway between Dibba Al Hisn and Fujairah, with the focal point of the economy centred on an ever-expanding container terminal and port. A long stretch of sandy beach backed by a promenade runs alongside the bay and is a pleasant place to wander.

Set in the mountains above the town is the Al Rifaisa Dam – a holding area to contain floodwater and to serve the settlements below.

Wadi Wurrayah is a popular and beautiful natural site located some 15 kilometres inland from Khorfakkan. Accessible by 4WD, the wadi features a deep year round pool with a seasonal waterfall.

Kalba

Kalba retains its historical charm with fascinating old forts and a museum to explore. It is the UAE’s most south east settlement before the border with Oman.

Khor Kalba: The tidal creek just south of Kalba, the southernmost tip of the UAE’s Gulf of Oman coastline is the site of the oldest mangrove forest of Arabia and is an important conservation site for endangered species. This tranquil and beautiful landscape with its dark green mangroves is inhabited by two of the world’s rarest birds: the White-Collared Kingfisher and Syke’s Warbler.

Tourist flock to Kalba in particular for bird watching, kayaking and hiking trips along nature trails. This is a great family holiday destination with plenty of outdoor activities on offer.  

Dibba

Dibba is a sleepy set of three seaside villages belonging to the Sultanate of Oman (Dibba Bayah), Fujairah (Dibba Muhallab) and in between the two, Sharjah (Dibba Al Hisn). These fishing communities share a beautiful bay and it is worth visiting the harbours in the late afternoon to see the daily catch. Green palms, the old fort and brightly painted metal doorways bring character and colour to this attractive area.

Famous for its Islamic history, Dibba was the site of one of the great battles of the Ridda Wars, the reconquest of Arabia by Muslim armies in the generation after the death of the Prophet Mohammed (Peace be Upon Him). A vast cemetery on the outskirts of Dibba marks the battle site of 633 when over 10,000 rebels died.

At Dibba the mountains rise to an impressive 2,000 metres into the Mussandam Peninsula. This is a superb area for hiking trips and following nature trails.

Central Region

Al Dhaid

Al Dhaid, the peaceful palm oasis in the centre of the emirate is the third largest town and a main producer of fruit and vegetables sold in the UAE, specialising in strawberries, dates, limes, guava and mangoes.

Nearby, the impressive hilly outcrop of Fossil Rock rises up through the red sand dunes and is a popular area for dune driving, quad biking (available for hire), fossil hunting and camping.

The Camel Race Track located on the road to Meliha holds races in the winter months, usually early in the morning on Thursdays and Fridays.

Just before Masafi is the Friday Market, which contrary to its name is open every day. The market sells a variety of goods including local pottery, carpets, plants, dried fish, toys, fruit and vegetables. Prices are competitive and bargaining is expected.

Al Badayer

Located in the higher ground of Al Madam, Al Badayer is one of the most popular desert areas in the emirate of Sharjah, attracting visitors of all ages and offering scenic camping sites and challenging desert drives for 4WD vehicles and off-road bikers.

The area of Al Badayer has recently witnessed tremendous development, and is evolving into a major tourist destination.

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