What better outdoor entertainment can you find here
all year around, at close proximity and at no expense!
Whether to swim in the clear waters on either coast
or to spend a few hours beach combing and building
sand castles, everyone comes away relaxed. The sun
can be deceptively strong, so hats, sun cream and
UV protection suits are a must at any time of the
year. Dogs are not allowed on many 'in town' beaches
so if you have a family pet watch out for signs
prohibiting their access.
to the beach configuration and man made breakwaters,
eddies and undercurrents do occur. The only advice
is to go with the flow, don't fight it, as the currents
are very localized. There is very little sea life
that will harm you on the Arabian Gulf coast but
look out for colored jelly fish at certain times
of the year (September/October in particular) and
the odd ray which basks in the shallow waters. Stamp
your feet as you walk into the sea and most rays
will glide away out to sea. On the East coast, one
should take more care, as in addition to the jelly
fish and rays, camouflaged Stone Fish plus sea urchins
occur in the rocky waters and Cone Shells (look
for the diamond shaped pattern) in the Musandam
area, all of which can cause serious problems. Dress
restrictions do apply on the Sharjah beaches and
ladies should be suitable attired.
Some of the beaches
Al Khan Lagoon:
The middle lagoon between Sharjah and Dubai has
no boat or jet ski restrictions so it is popular
with both water and jet skiers. Mornings tend to
be quiet and relaxing and the afternoons are active.
The beach may be littered by the sea is generally
clean and refreshing and the dress code more relaxed.
Al Khan Beach:
Al Khan beach stretches from the old village of
Al Khan to Layyeh power station. The beach between
Lou'Lou'a hotel and the power station has been fenced
off with no access for vehicles so you have to carry
your gear to this safe, gently shelving shore.
The sandy palm lined corniche beach runs from the
Sharjah Women's Club all the way to Coral Beach
Hotel. Parking is available alongside the beach
and dress restrictions do apply here. Currents can
occur and the beaches carry warnings to this effect.
Visible from the road to Ras Al Khaimah by Hamriyah
Free Zone, this protected lagoon is frequented by
jet and water skiers and windsurfers.
The Oceanic Hotel's beach is really the only beach
in the town and the hotel charges to use its facilities.
Along the coast there are many beautiful rocky outcrops
with sandy beaches to stop off for a quick dip or
spend the day and have a barbecue. Camp sites are
also readily available.