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
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
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
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
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.