Sharjah is the only Emirate to have
land on both the Arabian Sea and
the Indian Ocean. The
Emirate covers approximately 2,600
addition to Sharjah City which is
located on the three mile deep subkhat
(salt) strip along the coast, the
Emirate has three provinces on the
Batinah (the East Coast), Hisn Dibba,
Khor Fakkan and Kalba, plus the
Islands of Abu Mousa and Sir Abu
Batinah consists of the spectacular,
rugged Hajar mountains rising in
places to 2,500 feet, intersected
by sheer sided wadis, with gravel
beds and rich soil.
sandy beaches and the clear blue
Indian Ocean have made this coast
a haven for diving, fishing and
towns of Dibba and Khor Fakkan have
grown steadily with modernization
gently nudging out the traditional
ways, fortunately not completely.
Kalba, the southern most tip of
the UAE's Indian Ocean coastline
ends in an extensive mangrove marsh
which has recently been designated
as a Nature Reserve for several
hinterland is a red sand desert
with impressive dunes, becoming
a gravel plain along the eastern
border which runs along the line
of the foothills. This fertile,
well watered area, rich in gardens
and natural shrub is interspersed
by innumerable wadis (steep sided
dry valleys) running East to West.
There are many small villages in
this area where people still live
in the traditional manner.
excellent area for 'wadi bashing'
but beware of flash floods in times
of heavy rainfall!
Dhaid, the peaceful falaj based
palm oasis in the center of the
Emirate is the third largest town
and producer of the renowned Al
Dhaid strawberries, in addition
to many other fruits and vegetables.