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Dibba Al Hisn

Dibba Al Hisn is a small enclave of Sharjah nestled between Dibba Fujairah and Dibba Oman on the northeastern coast. It has a very small population and two main roads. On one of them, one side consists solely of government buildings in the traditional Sharjah style of Arabic architecture.

You might be surprised at how many there are for such a small place but Sharjah government has provided everything necessary for local inhabitants without having to make trips to other parts of the country. The other side has restaurants, shops and apartments with a small mall at the end.

Dibba Al Hisn

The other main road in Dibba Al Hisn is Corniche Street. The new canal runs the length of the road, starting at the harbour and coming out into the sea before the Oman border. There is a jogging track from one end to the other, two outdoor gym areas, one at each end, seating along the canal, and a cafe/restaurant at either end.

Dibba Al Hisn Beach

Beyond that is a beautiful beach with white sands, clear turquoise water, traditional swings and sheltered seating areas set in gardens and a view of the Hajar mountains on either side. From the breakwater, enjoy the view over to Musandam, Oman and look out for crabs scuttling around the rocks.

In the northern part of the beach is a grassy area with some benches and gazebos. Next to the beach is a bicycle/pedal car rental kiosk and a small paid play area for children.

At the end of the UAE stretch of road is the Heritage Village, open at certain times of year for special events. The Oman border is directly after that. You need a permit to enter Musandam. (You can read more about Musandam and plan a trip here.)

Dibba Al Hisn is included in some of the walking tours and itineraries in my book, Exploring the Emirate of Sharjah – Walking and cycling tours and itineraries in the city and Central and Eastern Regions. Buy here.

Exploring the Emirate of Sharjah - book of walking and cycling itineraries in the city and Central and Eastern Regions


Al Hisn Island

A third main road is relatively new and goes around Al Hisn Island which sits on the opposite side of the canal. Along the canal are several shaded play areas for children in Palm Oasis on Al Hisn Island. Tthere are plenty of benches for parents to sit and enjoy the view of the mountains while the children play and there are a couple of coffee shops just one to two minutes’ walk away.


Further out are benches along the corniche with great views overlooking the Gulf of Oman, Musandam and Fujairah. New developments are taking place.


A recent addition is Wave cafe and restaurant. It currently only offers indoor seating but will soon have outdoor seating on the terrace and also on the upper terrace with fabulous views. It opens at 7:30am until late.

Dibba Al Hisn Archaeological Site

Dibba Al Hisn has a fort but this is currently under restoration. It can be seen from Corniche St. There are archaeological sites dating back to the pre-Islamic period and the 15th century.

The first is a large tomb which was discovered under a resident’s house and contained skeletons, pottery, ivory combs, etc. You can see some of the finds including Roman pottery and Greek drachmas in Al Hisn Museum, Khor Fakkan.

According to the finds, it is thought that Dibba was a port frequented by many ships in the first century AD on a route from Eastern Europe to India and that the remains of the port lie under the modern day Dibba.

It was also the site of great battles in the 7th and 9th centuries and there is a large cemetery nearby thought to be the final resting place of those who died in the first battle so it has quite a rich history.

If you’re looking for some adventure, you could try scuba diving with Neptune Diving Centre who are based in Dibba Al Hisn Port. (You can find them here. Photo Credit: Neptune Diving Center)

Dibba Al Hisn is often overlooked but should be added to your list of places to visit!


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