Khor Fakkan, located on the east coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is a popular destination thanks to its white sand beaches and coral reefs that attract many scuba divers. This is an area abundant with marine life, tropical fish, rays, sharks, turtles, etc. Aside from being an ideal spot for diving and snorkeling, there are boat trips to explore the splendid bay of Khorfakkan too.
Scuba diving in KhorFakkan means access to several dive sites within minutes from the shore. Those interested will be pleased to know that most dive centers and resorts offer full equipment hire. A local PADI Dive Center will also teach you to dive safely and has courses that help you through to becoming a competent dive master.
However, if you are already an experienced scuba diver, then there are quite a lot of relatively shallow dive sites with interesting underwater corals and reef fish assemblage to view. If coastline diving is not something you are fond of and rather go elsewhere (for an open water dive) then there are a number of dive operations working in the area that will suit any skill levels. Nico de Corato, owner and founder of DubaiBlog network, and who is well known in the UAE dive community, has experienced the adventure himself having earned his PADI diving certification and explored the depths of the Arabian Sea underwater. He was equipped with the Nikon D3200 with lens 18-55 mm with NiMAR housing to capture the surreal beauty of life underwater. Seeing his underwater images, which have been featured in the Emirates Diving Association Magazine, allows us to appreciate the breathtaking natural beauty of the underwater world. His marine-life images are sure to convince dive travelers who will be eager to wade in the water and explore.
The UAE has many dive sites that cater to all levels of training and experience. According to Dive Advisor, which serves the Global Scuba Diving Community and Industry, there are at least 15 Dive Sites in Khor Fakkan, United Arab Emirates.
Confident scuba divers may also be interested in a thrilling open-water dive expedition to check out the local wrecks in the area. One wreck worth exploring is the World War II sunken German submarine U-533; it is found about 25 miles (40 km) off the coast. Divers found the wreck at a depth of 108 meters (354 ft.) in 2009.
Visitors can also check out the wonderful sea life at the natural deep-sea port – The Port of Khor Fakkan. It is where topside and underwater delights await.
Aside from scuba diving, due to its unique geographic location, Sharjah’s Khor Fakkan serves also as an important transshipment hub for mega-containerships in the Arabian Gulf. The Port of Khor Fakkan, which faces the Gulf of Oman, resides outside the Straits of Hormuz and close to the main east-west shipping routes. Khorfakkan’s position makes it an obvious choice for easy access from the open sea for transshipping cargo, but also for major cruise-liners, including MSC Cruises, Costa Cruises, and TUI Cruises, to name a few, which provides “great potential in terms of travel and tourism, particularly as a destination for cruise calls,” mentioned The National in a post.