Visit Khor Fakkan | 12 things to Experience and Explore

Visit Khor Fakkan 12 things to Experience and Explore

The restoration of Khor Fakkan is placing it on the list of adventurers and tourists. It’s a must-to-go destination in UAE for a road trip and has amazing sceneries drenched in history. It’s situated near the Gulf of Oman between the Arabian Sea and the Shamaliyah Mountains at Jebel al Hilaq. The term Khor Fakkan means “The creek of two jaws,” it is an enclave of Sharjah fitting beside the emirate of Fujairah. It’s an important carriage port for ships to trade with Africa and India that became an integral part of expanding towards the natural deep-water harbour in the region. 

Best Season to Visit Khor Fakkan?

Khor Fakkan sharjah
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It’s primarily sunny from the month of November to April, making it a perfect destination during winters, where the temperature varies between 18 and 30 degrees. Although the nights can be chilly when compared to other months. During January and March, tourists can expect light showers and tropical storms. While the temperature stays warm from May to September with high humid levels, even during the night, you can expect the weather to be warm, around 36 degrees hot.

12 Best Places to Visit in Khor Fakkan

Khor Fakkan
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The list below contains the best places you should visit while travelling to Khor Fakkan. Here it goes :  

1. Parasailing in the Gulf of Oman

Parasailing in the Gulf of Oman
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It’s an adrenaline-pumping activity you must never miss! The Gulf of Oman looks marvellous while watching it from the top view. It’s a tremendous calming experience for an individual to feel it. You can take a parasailing flight from Khor Fakkan Beach or the plains to view the rocky mountains. There’s no entry fee at the beach, and free parking and restrooms are available day and night. The cost for parasailing is AED 135 per person, while for other beach activities such as jet skiing and boating, it’s AED 100 and 20 per person, respectively. Timings vary on weekdays and weekends as per the crowd/tourists.

2. Boat Trip to Shark Island

Boat Trip to Shark Island
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There are fabulous small rocky islands off the coast for snorkelling. It’s similar to a private island with a few visitors around the year, and you can carry your food, water and umbrella to protect you from the sun. It’s situated right behind the bright orange Khor Fakkan port. If you block this out of your view, you can easily relax on the white sand and imagine yourself idling around on a deserted island. There’s no fee to visit the island you have to pay the boat owner who gave you a ride. 

3. Shees Park

Shees Park
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It’s located in Sharjah, UAE, by Shees Wadi, distributed around 11, 362 square meters; it boasts a prime location by the majestic mountains and Wadi Shees encircling it. To discover the best trails or head over for a peaceful picnic, you’ll love the windy vibe Shees Khorfakkan provides. The artificial waterfalls at Shees Park are a vista to behold and take in. Clutch your camera to capture the scenic beauty of the artificial waterfall standing 25 meters high with water falling in glimmery lakes. You can also take a climb for a breath taking view from the top. On the rocky road ahead, you might encounter stone stairs, and it’s 30 meters above the level of the park, making it look more enormous and beautiful. 

4. Kayaking in Al Rafisah Dam

Kayaking in Al Rafisah Dam
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It’s situated between the New Sharjah and Khor fakkan highway with a vista view. Initially built in the 1980s, the dam has been upgraded with a rest area and visitor centre. The travelling time has been reduced to 45 minutes from Sharjah to Khorfakkan, allowing more visitors to enjoy the tranquil treats of the site where the magnificent Hajar mountains hold an enormous, transparent lake with boating facilities. It’s an unmatched scenery with a sandstone mountain range looming over a pure azure reservoir when its accompanying tranquil green landscape, perfect for outdoors fanatics.

5. Salem Al Mutawa Mosque

Salem Al Mutawa Mosque
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The mosque showcases unique Arabic-style architecture and interiors built 200 years ago, making it a tourist site for travellers. The Salem Al Mutawa Mosque is worth seeing during the twilight hours as the view of different coloured lights lighting the mosque is a truly fantastic sight.

6. Ruins of Portuguese Fort 

Ruins of Portuguese Fort 
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Around 1635 AD, Portuguese Captain Gasper Leite constructed the Three-sided Fort close to Khor Fakkan beach, another hotspot for explorers. You can find the signboards describing the architecture and history of the fort even today, providing a thorough insight into the historical events seen by the fort and the Khor Fakkan city.

7. Al Metalaa Park

Al Metalaa Park
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It’s situated on the rocky terrains of the Hajar Mountains amidst the desert’s sands, privileged with grassy lawns and lush green gardens. It’s also an ideal place to travel with your kids because of its wings and rides for amusement.

8. Al Rabi Hike

Al Rabi Hike
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The coastal city of Khor Fakkan is a hidden treasure in the UAE. Along with chilled shore town vibes, a stunning waterfall and amphitheatre, excellent local meals, and the Al Rabi Mountain Trail, bearing hundreds of years of past as a prosperous port and one maliciously thrashed by the Portuguese a long time ago. The drive from Dubai to Al Rabi is approximately 1.5 hours on a picturesque road enclosed by mountains. Currently, per local law, only three non-family passengers are authorised per vehicle, including the driver.

9. Wadi Wurayah National Park

Wadi Wurayah National Park
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It holds UAE’s greatest native orchids, Epipactis veratrifolia. The 220-square reserve has an extraordinary range of topographical variation, preserving 860 species that comprise 208 plant varieties, protecting the rarest animals found in UAE, such as Gordon’s wildcat, Hedgehogs, Blandford fox, Caracal, and Arabian tahr. The park is also an ornithologist’s intent to withhold 94 endangered bird species. Current wildlife surveys indicate that 24 of the 30 known dragonflies worldwide are at the Wadi Wurayah National Park. Its captivating waterfalls and wildlife make it a spectacular day for tourists. The most visited season is from October to April, and opening hours are from 8:00 to 16:30 from Sunday to Thursday. Entry is admissible through a permit.

10. Khor Fakkan Waterfall

Khor Fakkan Waterfall
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Seen on the east coast of the UAE. Ranging between the Indian Ocean and the western Hajjar mountains is a city of the emirates of Sharjah. This place is famous for its sandy beaches and coral reefs that attract many divers. It is 45 metres long and 11 metres wide, having a height of 43 metres above sea level. Visitors can watch the waterfall’s waters descending from the cave above the mountain’s base Through the cave windows, displaying a panoramic view of the Khor Fakkan beach from the topmost position. It’s located adjacent to Khor fakkan Beach. Even though it is artificial, the sound of the falls gives it an authentic feel. The other side is the ocean, and the amphitheatre is close by, so one can find many sightseeing places in one place. There is no entry fee for visiting Khorfakkan Waterfall, and it’s on the roadside and also can be viewed from Khor fakkan Corniche. The most suitable time to see waterfalls is during the evening hours.

11. Take a peek at Al Bidya Mosque

Take a peek at Al Bidya Mosque
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It’s an archaeological zone that dates back to the 15th century and is the second oldest in the United Arab Emirates. It has another name, generally known as Ottoman Mosque. The two neighbouring watchtowers are equally unique for their purposes as one is round and the other is elliptical. There are no fees or mandated days, and it’s open 24/7 for all the tourists.

12. Wander around the Khor Fakkan Heritage Village

Khor Fakkan Heritage Village
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His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, inaugurated the Heritage village on Sunday. The project will alter the whole place into a cultural and tourism destination, count to the checklist of spots in Sharjah to see and offer trips via the emirate’s archaic heritage and history. Sheikh Sultan observed the recent Al Wadi Water Canal and regarded the Shoosh races, customary UAE maritime sports, harboured along with the inauguration ceremony.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

Is Khor Fakkan in Dubai?

No, it is two hours away from Dubai, estimating 131.9 km. It's a city in Sharjah.

Which Emirates is Khor Fakkan?

Khor Fakkan is an exclave and port town in Sharjah emirate, United Arab Emirates.

Where is Khor Fakkan beach?

It is located on the east coast of the UAE, facing the Gulf of Oman, and geographically surrounded by the Emirate of Fujairah.

Is Khor Fakkan worth visiting?

Yes. Khor Fakkan is worth the visit. If you are tired of the city and desert life, head straight to the mountains and the beaches of Khor Fakkan for a relaxing weekend.

Is camping allowed on Khorfakkan Beach?

No, overnight camping is not allowed at the beach premises.

Manshi Yadav
Manshi Yadav A postgraduate in literature, Manshi has fantasised about writing novels like J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter and Mary Wollstonecraft’s Frankenstein Instead, she became a book fanatic passionate about writing content on education, UI, health, and travel. She’s a pro at engaging readers and making them crave for more exciting articles.
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