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.
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.
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.
sandy beaches and the clear blue Indian Ocean
have made this coast a haven for diving, fishing
towns of Dibba and Khor Fakkan have grown steadily
with modernization gently nudging out the traditional
ways, fortunately not completely.
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.
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
excellent area for 'wadi bashing' but beware
of flash floods in times of heavy rainfall!
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 vegetables.