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Khor Fakkan, UAE

Khorfakkan (Arabic: خورفكان‎) is a town located along the Gulf of Oman on the east coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The town, the second largest on the east coast after Fujairah, is set on the picturesque bay of Khorfakkan, which means "Creek of Two Jaws". Khorfakkan belongs to the Emirate of Sharjah but is geographically surrounded by the emirate of Fujairah. It is the site of Khorfakkan Container Terminal, the only natural deep-sea port in the region and one of the major container ports in the Emirates.

History

Khorfakkan has a long history of human settlement. There is evidence of the postholes from the wooden uprights of the traditional barasti huts known as arish, such as at Tell Abraq which dates from the 3rd to 1st millennium BC. Excavations by a team from the Sharjah Archaeological Museum have identified 34... Read more

Khor Fakkan, UAE

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Khorfakkan (Arabic: خورفكان‎) is a town located along the Gulf of Oman on the east coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The town, the second largest on the east coast after Fujairah, is set on the picturesque bay of Khorfakkan, which means "Creek of Two Jaws". Khorfakkan belongs to the Emirate of Sharjah but is geographically surrounded by the emirate of Fujairah. It is the site of Khorfakkan Container Terminal, the only natural deep-sea port in the region and one of the major container ports in the Emirates.

History

Khorfakkan has a long history of human settlement. There is evidence of the postholes from the wooden uprights of the traditional barasti huts known as arish, such as at Tell Abraq which dates from the 3rd to 1st millennium BC. Excavations by a team from the Sharjah Archaeological Museum have identified 34 graves and a settlement belonging to the early-mid 2nd millennium BC. These are clustered on rock outcrops overlooking the harbor.

Around 1500, Duarte Barbosa described it as a village “around which are gardens and farms in plenty”. In 1580 the Venetian jeweler Gasparo Balbi noted "Chorf" in a list of places on the east coast of the United Arab Emirates, which is considered by historians to indicate Khorfakkan. The Portuguese built a fort at Khorfakkan that was a ruin by 1666. The logbook of the Dutch vessel the Meerkat mentions this fort and another one, describing "Gorfacan" as a place on a small bay, with about 200 small houses built from date branches, near the beach. It refers to a triangular Portuguese fortress on the northern side, in ruins, and a fortress on a hill on the southern side, also in ruins, without garrison or artillery. As well as date palms, the Meerkat's log also mentions fig trees, melons, watermelons, and myrrh. It notes several wells with "good and fresh water" used for irrigation.

One reason suggested for the ruinous state of the forts is an invasion in 1623 of the Persian navy under the control of Omani Sheikh Muhammad Suhari. Suhari, facing a Portuguese counter-attack, withdrew to the Portuguese forts, including that of Khorfakkan. When the Persians were expelled, the Portuguese commander Rui Freire urged the people of Khorfakkan to remain loyal to the Portuguese crown and established a Portuguese customs office as well.

In 1737, long after the Portuguese had been expelled from Arabia, the Persians again invaded Khorfakkan, with some 5,000 men and 1,580 horses, with the help of the Dutch, during their intervention in the Omani civil war. In 1765 Khorfakkan belonged to a Sheikh of the Al Qasimi, Sharjah's ruling family, according to the German traveler Carsten Niebuhr. There is a map by the French cartographer Rigobert Bonne dating to about 1770 that shows the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf and includes Khorfakkan.

From 1903 to 1952 Khorfakkan was part of the cleaved emirate of Sharjah Kalba. German submarine U-533 sunk about 25 miles (40 km) off the coast on 16 October 1943 during World War II. Divers found the wreck at a depth of 108 meters (354 ft) in 2009. From 1965 to 1969, the enclave formed a separate post area and gave out stamps bearing the inscription Sharjah & Dependencies / Khorfakkan.

The modern Khorfakkan Container Terminal was inaugurated in 1979 and is the only natural deep-sea port in the region, and one of the top ports in the Emirates for containers. The Dh 300 million ($81.75 million) project involved reclaiming some 150,000 square meters (1,600,000 sq ft) to increase the storage capacity and to facilitate large cranes, and 16 meters (52 ft) deep quays to accommodate for major vessels over 400 meters (1,300 ft) in length. 

Geography and climate

Khorfakkan lies on the east coast of the UAE, between the Arabian Sea and the Shumayliyah Mountains, rising to 1,023 meters (3,356 ft) at Jebel al Hilqah. The bay of Khorfakkan is north-east facing and is protected from prevailing winds by a jetty serving terminal for container ships. Tourism, despite the total ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol by the emirate of Sharjah, is well-developed thanks to white sand beaches and coral reefs that attract many divers. Khorfakkan Beach lies to the north of the center of the town.

From November to April Khorfakkan is sunny and warm during the day; the evenings are cool and humidity low. Daytime temperatures range from 18 °C to 30 °C. One may expect rain and tropical storms between January and March. The climate warms from May to September with the high temperature at noon in July and August reaching 40 °C. The nights too are warm, with the temperature reaching 36 °C, with high humidity.


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Khor Fakkan, UAE: Port Information


This cruise port has multiple names, including Khorfakkan, Khawr Fakkan, Khor al Fakkan, and Khor Fakkan.

The town's cruise port is located in the industrial area. Cruise travelers are not allowed to walk there and use shuttle service (free) to get to the gate. There you can find 2 open-air markets. Besides, there's a duty-free shop and cafe with WiFi near the dock.
Taxis are available. Or you can get to the town center on foot - it takes approximately 20 minutes.

Get around Khor Fakkan, UAE


There is no public transport in Sharjah, which means that visitors will need to have their own wheels or rely on taxis, which have historically been unmetered, and although some of these remain, several new companies operating metered taxis have become operational. They are similar in quality to Dubai's taxi fleet.

Taxi drivers, although mostly courteous, have the tendency to refuse passengers if the time of travel coincides with rush hour traffic. It is advisable to plan your travel well, allowing for traffic jams which could take 90 min to get out of.

You can explore the town on foot. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the long beach with beautiful views.
Khor Fakkan itself doesn't have much to offer. If you want to visit Fujairah, for example, it's better to take an organized tour. Otherwise, you can take a taxi. 

What to see in Khor Fakkan, UAE


Khorfakkan has one 4 star holiday beach resort, the Oceanic Hotel. The fish, fruit and vegetable souq is located at the southern end of the corniche and near the main highway. Al Wurrayah Falls is reachable by four-wheel-drive around 4.5 km north of the Oceanic hotel.

One site of interest is the Rifaisa Dam, in the mountains of Khorfakkan. This is believed to have been built over a village, and when the water is very still, the tops of the old houses are still visible. 

Another landmark is the Jabal Javi.

What to do in Khor Fakkan, UAE


Take a walk along the corniche. Relax on the beach. Try extreme water sports.
Besides, you can take a tour to ​Fujairah (we highly recommend to choose an organized excursion).

What to eat and drink in Khor Fakkan, UAE


There are several lovely restaurants in Khor Fakkan serving various cuisines of the world. 
Sharjah is known as a "dry emirate" so means the sale or possession of alcohol within Sharjah is almost entirely forbidden. 

Shopping in Khor Fakkan, UAE


There are malls, stores, markets, where you can buy clothes, jewelry, electronics, accessories, souvenirs, etc.
There are two open-air markets right near the port. 

Safety in Khor Fakkan, UAE


Generally speaking, Sharjah is a very safe place. Western women may get a few stares as they are fairly rare in Sharjah, but it is a safe place to walk around.

Language spoken in Khor Fakkan, UAE


As in the rest of the UAE, Arabic is the official language, with most residents actually speaking other languages entirely - particularly Hindi and Urdu. English is widely spoken in shops, souqs, and hotels.

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