Explore Khor Fakkan, United Arab Emirates
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Explore Khor Fakkan, United Arab Emirates

Explore Khor Fakkan, a city in Sharjah emirate in the United Arab Emirates. It is an enclave located on the coast of the Gulf of Oman and separated from the main part of the emirate which lies on the Persian Gulf coast.

The city, the second largest on the east coast after Fujairah City, is set on the picturesque bay of Khor Fakkan, which means “Creek of Two Jaws”. It is the site of Khor Fakkan Container Terminal, the only natural deep-sea port in the region and one of the major container ports in the UAE.

Khorfakkan has a long history of human settlement. There is evidence of post holes from the wooden uprights of the traditional barasti huts known as areesh, similar to those found at Tell Abraq which dates from the 3rd to 1st millienium BC. Excavations by a team from the Sharjah Archaeological Museum have identified 34 graves and a settlement belonging to the early-mid 2nd millennium BC. These are clustered on rock outcrops overlooking the harbour.

The modern Khor Fakkan Container Terminal was inaugurated in 1979, and is the only natural deep-sea port in the region, and one of the top ports in the Emirates for containers. 

From November to April Khor Fakkan is sunny and warm during the day; the evenings are cool and humidity low. One may expect rain and tropical storms between January and March. The climate warms from May to September. The nights too are warm,  with high humidity.

Khor Fakkan has one 4 star holiday beach resort, the Oceanic Hotel.[ The fish, fruit and vegetable souq is located at the southern end of the corniche and near the main highway.

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