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Kalba

Kalba is the furthest south of Sharjah’s five Eastern Region enclaves but has a lot to offer for the nature lover.  It has very diverse habitats for its size – mountains, plains with acacia forests, mangroves, beaches, marshes and palm groves.

The enclave boasts three great nature reserves, all of which you can visit – the Al Hafaiya Protected Area and Mountain Conservation Centre and Bird of Prey Centre and Khor Kalba Mangrove Centre

Parks and Beaches

Kalba also has several parks including the Corniche park and Al Sidra Ladies and Children’s park, both of which have play areas, facilities, etc,. The Corniche park lies between the road and the beach.

On the beach there are amusements for children such as bouncy castles, trampolines and go karts. The sand on the beach is the similar to that of its neighbour Fujairah, so a darker sand.

You could camp at the beach pre-covid but I believe it’s currently not permitted. You can also fish during certain times of the year.

Kalba Lake

Corniche Walk is further south still opposite the government buildings and on Kalba Lake. There are plenty grassy areas to sit on with a view of the lake, mangroves and mountains.

You can walk or cycle from the flag right round to the mangrove centre and if you wanted then continue along to the new corniche. There is also a play area and on the opposite side a public gym.

Pedal boats, doughnuts and kayaks are available for hire here at very reasonable prices. There are also several great cafes and food trucks depending on the time of year. Gardenia cafe is near the flagpole.

Qurm Mangroves were closed to the public around ten years ago but you can now visit them within the area of Khor Kalba Mangrove Centre.

The centre is a wonderful place to visit and learn. There is an outdoor play area and stunning views over the mangroves, creek and moutains Click here to see more. Al Hosn green pass is currently required.

Kingfisher Retreat

You may want to treat yourself to a stay at the Kingfisher Retreat, the first eco-retreat in Sharjah. Activities are also available from there.

Kingfisher Retreat, Kalba

The bridge to the boats to the Kingfisher Lodge. In the background are the luxury tents.

Forts around Kalba

Whilst Kalba has a rich history, the fort and Bait Sheikh Saaed bin Hammad al Qasimi are currently undergoing restoration but should reopen soon. The fort will house a museum.

Al Ghail Fort is open and situated inside the Bird of Prey Centre.

There are also archeological sites dating back to the Bronze Age around Kalba which are fenced off but some can be seen easily. A new site was recently discovered in Khor Kalba which is thought to be remains of a Portuguese castle. You can see the larger fort behind which has also recently been restored.

For more on Al Hefaiya Mountain Conservation Centre and the Bird of Prey Centre, click here. The two are very close to each other. In the meantime, here are a few photos. Note that Al Hosn green pass is currently required.

There are lots of exciting projects under development in Kalba including a waterpark, family park and an outdoor theatre. It’s definitely a place not to miss!

Around Kalba

Finally, here’s a selection of photos around Kalba including a beautiful new mosque in white and gold, Sharjah government buildings in Arabic architecture styles, fish laid out to dry and the harbour.

 

Other places to visit nearby – Al Hayl Fort, Fujairah Adventure Park, Ahfra Hiking Trail, Fujairah Grand Mosque, Umbrella Beach, Fujairah, Wadi al Helo

Updated: 13/1/22

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