Khor Fakkan, Sharjah's Exclave

Updated on 07.06.2018

Although located in Fujairah region, Khor Fakkan is an exclave belonging to the emirate of Sharjah: located along the coast bordering the ocean Indian, this is an interesting stop where you can stop for a few hours to visit the seafront. It is above all a port for goods and a stopping place for cruise ships. Khor Fakkan's visit should not detain you more than a few hours.

In Khor Fakkan, Eastern exclave of Sharjah in the Fujairah region, view of the container terminal from the fort museum ©Odyfolio

Khor Fakkan History

Traces of civilization dating from 2000 BC are found in Khor Fakkan, which is common in the region. But it was at the end of the 16th century that Khor Fakkan became known by successively attracting Venetian, Portuguese, Persian, Dutch and British sailors.

South of the city, the continuity of the Al Hajar mountain range, which at this point falls into the sea, has been a natural defense to the city and has allowed it to thrive in the shelter of the invasions of the South.

Even today, we can see on the rocky spur watchtowers guarding the entrance to the city.

Visit of Khor Fakkan

The only real point of tourist interest is the fort serving as a local village heritage. Admission is free and the visit should not take you more than 10 minutes. To find it, you have to get off the main highway and always stay on the road that runs along the coast (Corniche Street). The site is very easily recognizable with a traditional boat in dry dock in the gardens. Beyond the green spaces and the beach is emerging as the background of the merchant terminal, where also dock many ships.

Fort and Heritage Village of Khor Fakkan, Fujairah Region ©Odyfolio

Interior of Khor Fakkan Fort, Fujairah region ©Odyfolio

The city of Khor Fakkan, without addressing the signs of modernity, is peaceful and pleasant, especially its waterfront. If you've ever been to Sharjah, you can find many similarities in architecture buildings and the particular care given to street furniture

Eating and staying in Khor Fakkan

For lunch, we recommend the beachside restaurant along the corniche (Golden Fork), a little after the fort on your right up the road to the north. The food is good and well presented, with a breathtaking view of the horizon.

Couple admiring the Indian Ocean at Khor Fakkan, located on a part of the emirate of Sharjah landlocked in the emirate of Fujairah ©Odyfolio

The choice of hotels in Khor Fakkan is very limited. The Oceanic Khorfakkan Resort & Spa is a luxury 4-star hotel renovated in 2012 with a beach. For a wider choice of hotels, continue to the North where a large seaside area of about twenty kilometers, or to the South with hotels of Fujairah City.

Like all territories of Sharjah, alcohol consumption is not possible, including in hotels.

Khor Fakkan Map

Location of Khor Fakkan, in the Sharjah Emirate (exclave of Fujairah), in the United Arab Emirates ©OpenStreetMap contributors

Map of the city of Khor Fakkan in Sharjah, located in the emirate of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates ©OpenStreetMap contributors

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