Places to visit and things to do in Khor Fakkan

A Day Trip To Khor Fakkan – Best Places Worth Visiting

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An hour’s ride to Khor Fakkan is an entirely different experience from the cityscape of Dubai and the deserts of the UAE. One can view the mountains with tunnels that pave the way for the vehicles to cross while riding to Khor Fakkan. Situated in the emirate of Sharjah and surrounded by the emirate of Fujairah, it is a city facing the Gulf of Oman. Located on the maritime Silk Road, Khor Fakkan port is the only natural deep seaport and is one of the three important ports in the UAE.

With so many activities from bay watching the beaches to hiking, Khor Fakkan might be the best place for a relaxing day during the weekend. Let your inner adventure come alive here through paragliding or jet skiing, or enjoy the calm waters by going for a boat ride that is much more affordable when compared to Dubai.

Keep reading the guide to acquire all the pertinent information that you need for your trip to Khor Fakkan – things to do, places to visit, ideal timings, and so much more.

Places To Visit In Khor Fakkan

Best Time To Visit

During the winter months of November to April, the temperature cools down, thereby making the days warmer and nights colder with less humidity, making them the best time to visit Khor Fakkan. From May to September, the humidity is high, and the temperature soars as high as 40℃.

Places To Visit

1. Shees Park

View of the park from the view point
View of the park from the viewpoint

This very scenic spot makes it a great picnic area for families. Furthermore, this place comes with a 506m high observatory catering to a view overlooking the nearby mountains and a bird’s eye view of the park. There is a halfway rest area while climbing the stone stairs. It is home to a man-made waterfall, a kids’ play area, a theatre, a seating area, and five BBQ stations that are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The place also houses a restaurant where you can buy a bakery, cold drinks, and snacks.

  • Entry fee: Free
  • Timings: Open 24/7
  • Prayer room: Available
  • Parking: Available, crowded on weekends
  • Restroom: Available

Note: Shees Park is a part of Wadi Shees Nature Trail, which is a short 30-45 min leisure walk.

2. Al Rafisah Dam

Boating in Al Rafisah dam

This is a popular spot for boating and kayaking. With beautiful views of mountains and pristine blue waters throughout the year, this place is a tourist oasis. You would be able to spot ducks and deer during the boat ride. There is a cafe, a restaurant, a very small man-made waterfall, a mosque, a supermarket, and a safe play area.

  • Timings: 10 AM – 8 PM
  • Entry fee: Free
  • Boating charges:
    • Pedal boat – AED 90 per hour for 2 adults and 2 children
    • Brown pedal boat – AED 75 per hour for 3 adults and 2 children
    • Double kayak – AED 60 for 2 adults and 1 child
    • Donut boat – AED 250 per hour for 4 adults and 2 children
  • Prayer room: Available
  • Parking: Available
  • Restroom: Available

Note: Infants below 2 years are not allowed on any rides. Children (2-7 Yrs) must ride with at least 1 adult.

3. Al Suhub Rest Area

Restaurant at the Al Suhub rest area

You can regale your senses with 360-degree panoramic views of Khor Fakkan, including the harbor, shores, and mountains, from the hilltop viewpoint. The Fen Cafe is a luxury restaurant situated 600 m above sea level in the area. If you are not having a meal from the restaurant, you will be charged upon exit. There is a kids’ play area as well.

  • Entry fee: Free
  • Timings: Open 24/7
  • Parking: Available, AED 30 per hour for each vehicle, collected in the foothills during the descend. The time is calculated once you enter the barrier gate at the foothills and are charged upon exit.
  • Restroom: Available

Tip: The best way is to buy a nominal food item from the restaurant and get free parking for 2 hours which can be waived by showing the bill at the counter.

4. Khor Fakkan Beach

A popular and preferred quick getaway for the locals is the Khor Fakkan beach. With activities like jet skiing, parasailing, and boating, this beach attracts huge crowds during the weekends. You can swim along the shores of the beach. With numerous food trucks, restaurants, play areas, and a promenade that runs along the beachfront, you can happily spend an evening here with the views of blue water to the front against the backdrop of the stoic Hajar Mountains.

  • Entry fee: Free
  • Timings: Open 24/7
  • Parking: Available
  • Restroom: Available
  • Changing rooms & shower: Available
  • Activities costs: The price varies depending on the season and demand and is negotiable
    • Parasailing – AED 75 per person
    • Jet skiing – AED 100 per person
    • Boat ride – AED 20

Note: You can also visit the Shark island and enjoy snorkeling, which costs approximately AED 120 for a round trip from the beach. It is a quick 10-minute ride.


5. Khor Fakkan Square, Waterfalls & Amphitheatre

These places are found beside the road, and they serve as quick car stops. With four entrances and fountains, the Khor Fakkan Square is a round-about park, good for a picnic or even an evening stroll. An artificial waterfall is a picturesque place that, to everyone’s delight, glows during the night.

Khor Fakkan Amphitheatre - on the new 10 Dirham currency note
New 10 Dirham currency note

Located in proximity to the beach and the Waterfall, the 295 tall columns and 234 arches of the Amphitheatre transport you instantly to the Roman Colosseum. The Khor Fakkan Amphitheatre is a place of great prominence, and it is featured on the 10 Dirham currency note.

  • Entry fee: Free
  • Timings: Open 24/7
  • Parking: Available near the beach
  • Restroom: Not available

6. Al Rabi Hiking

Hiking route of Al Rabi mountain

Strap your most comfortable shoes and go on a 6 km hike on a mountain trail to the highest peak of the eastern mountains of Khor Fakkan with an elevation of 1290 Ft (395 m). Al Rabi Tower serves as the starting point of the hike. From there, you can climb up the steps and start your hike. The trial is very easy to follow as there are clear signboards all along the hike. The view from the summit is simply too stunning to pass up, so ensure you take your time and feast your senses on the view overlooking Khor Fakkan City and its shores.

  • Entry fee: Free
  • Timings: Open 24/7
  • Parking: Available
  • Restroom: Available

Note: Wear good shoes and carry enough water, food, and energy boosters.

7. Wadi Al Wurayah

This journey will lead you to the fresh, natural pool situated amidst a starkly contrasting landscape is an experience in itself. Any hiking or adventure lover would love to peek at protected places such as this. There is a checkpoint before entering the region. Unfortunately, people have recently started to say that this place is closed permanently due to the pollution caused by the visitors. However, you can check with Fujairah Adventures to visit this place.

While this place continues to remain on our bucket list, we encourage you to definitely check it out and fill us in on the details.

  • Entry fee: Free
  • Timings: During the daytime
  • Parking: Available
  • Restroom: Not available

As visitors of this protected place, you are obligated to ensure that you act responsibly and avoid using plastics. Ideally, visitors should leave the place better than they found it. While this task may be arduous to many, it is most certainly easy for all to leave the place clean. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How many days are needed to visit Khor Fakkan?

You can encompass the entire Khor Fakkan trip in a day or two. Khor Fakkan is an ideal place to spend a weekend with the family and away from the noise of city life.

Is Khor Fakkan an emirate of Fujairah?

No, Khor Fakkan is a town in the emirate of Sharjah.

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.

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Shehzad 07/05/2023 - 4:09 PM

Atchaya, I must say that you’ve written an amazing Khor Fakkan guide. I wish you had mentioned waterfall as well.

Twins 07/20/2023 - 1:58 PM

Hi Shehzad, Thank you. Glad that you’re finding it helpful. Which waterfall did we miss?

Khorfakkan 03/06/2024 - 12:08 AM

This is a fantastic guide for anyone considering visiting Khorfakkan from Dubai! The information is clear, concise, and well-organized, covering everything from the recommended route to places to see.

Twins 03/08/2024 - 6:19 PM

Thank you so much. Glad to know that our guide helps people to plan their visit.


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