Sharjah is the only Emirate to have land on both the Arabian
Sea and the Indian Ocean. The Emirate covers approximately
2,600 square kilometers.
In 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 Nu'air.
The 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.
Beautiful sandy beaches
and the clear blue Indian Ocean have made this coast a
haven for diving, fishing and relaxing.
The towns of Dibba and
Khor Fakkan have grown steadily with modernization gently
nudging out the traditional ways, fortunately not completely.
Khor 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 endangered species.
The 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.
An excellent area for 'wadi
bashing' but beware of flash floods in times of heavy
Al 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