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.
due 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.
of the beaches are
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.
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
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
from the road to Ras Al Khaimah by Hamriyah
Free Zone, this protected lagoon is frequented
by jet and water skiers and windsurfers.
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.