Khor Fakkan cruise port is part of the Khorfakkan port - one of the world's largest container cargo shipping ports. It is located on the UAE's Indian Ocean coast (along Gulf of Oman). At only about 3 hours driving distance from the port are located the country's main (largest) cities - Sharjah (metro population around 1,4 million), and the port cities Dubai (capital) and Abu Dhabi, all on the coast of the Persian Gulf (aka Arabian Gulf).
The Khorfakkan port's strategic location (on the main east-west shipping routes) makes it preferable for transiting cargo and cruise passenger lines requiring easy access to the UAE. Khor Fakkan has population of around 34,000, ranking it the UAE's second largest east coast city - following Fujairah (metro population around 152,000).
- The city's main landmark is the mountain Jabal Javi.
- Near Khor Fakkan is located the 4-stared "Oceanic Hotel" (beach resort). Al Wurrayah Falls (water falls) are at approx 4,5 km (3 ml) to the north of the resort.
- Rifaisa Dam is another popular tourist place located in the mountains. It was built over a village. When the water is still, you can see the tops of the flooded houses.
- The Port Authority (Sharjah Ports) also handles Port Khalid (in Sharjah) and Mina Al Hamriya Port (in Dubai).
- The list of other UAE cruise ports also includes the Sir Bani Yas Island (private resort destination for MSC and Costa cruise ship passengers).
In 2016, Sharjah and other UAE cities introduced a new (multi-entry) visa system allowing cruise passengers to visit various UAE tour destinations with 1 permit. Previously, UAE visas were only for tourists arriving and leaving the country on a cruise ship. The new visas allow toursts to fly to Dubai Airport, embark on a cruise vessel in Mina Rashid and cruise to Abu Dhabi and also to other Persian Gulf countries with a single visa rather than obtaining 2 or 3 separate visas. The new visas are also cheaper (AUD 59) in comparison to Dubai's 96-hours visa (AUD 44).
Sharjah is UAE's 3rd largest and most populous city. It is part of the Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman (DSA) metro area, with total population of around 5,3 million people.
The Sharjah emirate covers a total area of 2,600 km2 (1,000 ml2). It straddles the Arabian Peninsula and overlooks to the west the Perisan Gulf, and to the east - the Gulf of Oman. The emirates also has of some of the UAE's most superb waterfront areas. Today, Sharjah is known as the country's cultural capital.
- In 1971 was discovered the Mubarak oilfield (near Abu Musa Island). In 1981 the reserves started to dwindle, Soon was discovered an onshore gas field.
- In 1979 was inaugurated the Sharjah's Khorfakkan port - the first one in the middle east with fully equipped container facilities (Sharjah Container Terminal). The port provides all needed facilities for passenger and cargo vessels that don't need to enter the Persian Gulf.
- The Sharjah emirate has modern-designed waterfront hotels, lakefront apartment complexes, restaurants, beautiful parks, lush gardens, well-maintained museums. The emirate is also renowned for its souqs (open-air markets) - among the region's best places for bargain hunters.
Khor Fakkan cruise terminal
Khor Fakkan's cruise ship port is part of a large container cargo area. The port features a natural deep-water harbor waterway. Free bus shuttles are provided for transferring cruise passengers to the port's entrance, as walking through the area is forbidden.
- At the port's entrance there are two souks (open-air markets) - one for fish (open in the AM hours only), and another for fruits and vegetables. There is also a taxi stand. From here, the walking distance to the city's centre is about 20-min, along the corniche road and the beach.
- Know that temperatures are often high (the route has no shady areas) and wearing bathing suits at the beach is forbidden.
- Across from the cruise ship dock there is a duty-free shop and a cafe bar with good Wi-Fi coverage.
An USD 82 million project involved reclaiming over 150,000 m2 (1,6 million ft2) to increase the port's cargo storage capacity (the space was increased to 450,000 m2 / 4,84 million sq ft) and also to facilitate large gantry cranes (a total of 20). A total of 6 quays (depth 16 m / 52 ft) were built to accommodate larger container ships (with LOA length over 400 m / 1,300 ft).
- Khorfakkan Container Terminal was opened in 1979.
- Of all the 20 gantries, 6 are Super Post-Panamax and 4 are Mega-max Tandem-Lift. The total berth length they serve is around 800 m (2625 ft). The draugth alongside is 16 m (52,5 ft).
- As the Khorfakkan port offers an easy open-sea access, cargo containers are handled by ship-to-shore gantry cranes in addition to the yard gantries, RTG's (rubber-tyred gantry cranes), tractors, trailers, forklifts. The port has a total storage facility of over 45,000 TEUs, a 3000 m2 (332,290 ft2) dedicated transit shed and LCL cargo storage area. It also can accommodate over 1000 reefers (refrigerated containers).
- Among the Khor Fakkan port's main statistics are - 6 quays (total length 2 km / 6560 ft), 20 gantry cranes (for containers), 26 yard gantries, 30 container handlers, 116 port terminal tractors.
The Khor Fakkan cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Khor Fakkan, Sharjah, UAE.
If you lose the Khor Fakkan location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Khor Fakkan cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Khor Fakkan, Sharjah, UAE. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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21 February, 2018