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Khor Fakkan
Arabic: khūr fakkān

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Khor Fakkan

Town in the United Arab Emirates with 45,000 inhabitants (2009 estimate), on the coast of the Gulf of Oman. Khor Fakkan represents a small enclave of the Sharjah Emirate, surrounded by Fujairah Emirate.
The town is among the most attractive of the UAE and a trendy weekend resort, although Sharjah's ban on alcohol has hindered large-scale development. Tourism benefits from a good beach, diving opportunities and excursions into the nearby mountains, including the Wurrayah Falls, some 5 km north.
Khor Fakkan has a deep water harbour which is both a container terminal and a yacht port. Agriculture is an important part of the economy, several wells with good water helps produce dates, figs and other products. There is also extraction of myrrh.
Khor Fakkan belong to the Az-Zaab tribal confederation, which also have settled in Abu Dhabi.

Khor Fakkan has been inhabited since the 2nd millennium BCE.
16th century: Portuguese build a fort here, the place is called both Chorf and Gorfacan.
1737: Comes under the Persians.
Before 1765: Conquered by the ruler of Sharjah.

By Tore Kjeilen