A Guide to Exploring Khor Fakkan from Dubai

Located in Sharjah and set amidst the mountains and captivating views of the Gulf of Oman, Khor Fakkan is a ‘hidden’ coastal destination waiting to be explored. Within easy reach from Dubai, it offers a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure and here’s more on what you need to know.

Rithan.100425, The beautiful Al Rafisah Dam, CC BY-SA 4.0

Planning Your Trip

Embark on a picturesque journey from Dubai to Khor Fakkan, a 90-minute drive that promises scenic delights. Alternatively, opt for the Dubai Fujairah bus service for a convenient and budget-friendly option. For added convenience, one can sign up with a private tour operator with the transport and itinerary all taken care of. Look to find central accommodation in the city at properties like Avani Ibn Battuta Dubai Hotel; this way, apart from an excursion to Khor Fakkan, you can also enjoy the many things to do in Ibn Battuta and Dubai.

Coastal Bliss

Ideal for a fun day in the sun, sand and surf, Khor Fakkan Beach features a 3 km shoreline where you can work on your tan or engage in water sports. A popular weekend hotspot, it offers active travellers a chance to try kayaking and jet skiing, while you can head to nearby Shark Island for scuba diving or snorkelling as well. Also of note is the family-friendly Al Luluyah Beach where one can go surfing too.

City Exploration

Historical and cultural discoveries await at the key attractions in Khor Fakkan. Wander around Khor Fakkan Square home to green spaces and fascinating fountains and explore Souk Sharq, an age-old market where you can buy handmade souvenirs and visit the Traditional Craft’s Museum. Gain more insights at the museum known as Hisn Khorfakkan and take in the beauty of more modern marvels, the Roman-style Khor Fakkan Amphitheatre, and a stunning artificial waterfall next to it.

Outdoor Escapades

For the adventurous spirit, Khor Fakkan unveils its natural wonders. Embark on a journey through the rugged landscapes of Wadi Shees amidst the Hajar Mountains where one can enjoy hiking and camping. Feel the serenity at Al Rafisah Dam where you can go boating and make the ascent to Al Rabi Tower which offers stunning vistas from a lofty vantage point; don’t forget the Al Suhub Rest House which offers more awe-inspiring panoramas.