Al Rafisah Dam in Sharjah






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Known for its stunningly beautiful scenic beauty, the Al Rafisah Dam in Khor Fakkan in the Sharjah Emirate is a very popular tourist destination today.

Time9 am ( can be customized as per request )
Tour typePrivate
HighlightsWaterfall / lake surrounded by hajar mountains
Days Of operationDaily
Locationkhorfakkan , sharjah.

The reservoir of the dam, a man-made lake attracts many migratory birds. The picturesque lake has the majestic Hajjar Mountains as its backdrop. There are many activities on offer at the Al Rafisah Dam that can give visitors a fun day out with their family and friends. They can also admire the lake’s scenic beauty by taking a tour around it.

About the Al Rafisah Dam

The Al Rafisah Dam has been opened to tourists only recently even though construction started here back in the 1980s itself. It is today a popular spot frequented by hundreds of visitors who are smitten by the exotic scenery the place is blessed with. You are sure to love spending a day out here with your family and friends.

The Al Rafisah Dam is also where you’ll find the seasonal waterway of Wadi Shie where the remains of an ancient settlement have been found. The discovery bears great historical significance and the artifacts excavated there can be traced back to the Stone Age today, the place draws history buffs from around the world.

What You Can Do at the Al Rafisah Dam

There’s a rest area by the Al Rafisah Dam where a range of amenities have been arranged for the entertainment and convenience of visitors.


You can enjoy the refreshing beverages and the homely food served at the Rafisa Lounge Café, a charming eatery boasting breathtaking views of the reservoir. Relax in the balcony of this lovely restaurant as you admire the beauty of the calm turquoise waters of the lake which contrasts strikingly against the gray of the majestic and rugged Hajjar Mountains. This place should be a must on your checklist if you love beautiful scenery.

Kids Play Area:

The rest area at the Al Rafisah Dam features an outdoor playing area for kids. There are swings and slides for your kids to ride and climb on to while the lovely mountains and the lake provide a stunning backdrop. The staff here leaves no stone unturned to make sure that the place remains clean and safe for the children.

An artificial waterfall:

To add to the beauty of this charming getaway in Sharjah, an artificial waterfall was built with a height of 55 meters. You’ll love watching the waters from the waterfall cascade into the reservoir’s blue waters amidst the surrounding lush greenery—a beautiful sight indeed.

A walkway:

There could be no better way to explore the Al Rafisah Dam than taking a relaxed stroll on its walkway, 730m long. There are tall palm trees and lush greenery that beckon you to this beautiful walkway where you can sit and relax a while on the benches listening to the musical chirping of birds and the splash of the waterfall which act as a soothing therapy. There could be no better escape from city life.

Kayaks and pedal boats:

The Alkhor Kayak Service offers you kayaks and pedal boats, just perfect for exploring the lake. Kayaking and riding on the pedal boats and taking in the stunning scenery are two of the most enjoyable things to do at the Al Rafisah Dam. Watch the ducks quack in delight as you feed them while boating in the lake. Even kids can go boating here provided they are accompanied by an adult.


  • Pedal boat: 45 AED, 30-minute session
  • Double kayak: 30 AED, 30-minute session
  • Brown pedal boat ride: 60 AED, 30-minute session
  • Doughnut boats for groups: 100 AED, 30-minute session


There are shops nearby that sell lovely artistic handicraft items that you can buy as souvenirs to remember your visit to this charming place by. There’s also a branch of the Sharjah Cooperative Society selling beautiful items that make for excellent showpieces.

What You Can Expect at the Al Rafisah Dam?

  • The water level in the lake rises and dips depending on the season. A part of the ancient ruins are submerged when the water level rises.
  • You can rent boats of different types like kayaks and pedal boats at very reasonable rates.
  • There are numerous seating areas and exclusive zones for picnics. There are play areas for children as well.
  • The Rafisa Lounge Café serves tasty food and refreshing beverages.
  • There’s a mosque where men and women can pray separately.
  • You’ll see a large crowd on weekends or during vacations as the Al Rafisah Dam’s popularity as a tourist spot keeps rising.
  • There are shops selling attractive handicraft items.

Frequently Asked Questions (FQs)

  • How soon can I reach the dam after starting from Sharjah?
    It takes around 70 minutes to reach the Al Rafisah Dam from the center of Sharjah.
  • Do I need to pay any entry fee?
    No, entry into the Al Rafisah Dam area is free.
  • What are the Al Rafisah Dam rest area’s opening hours?
    The resort is open to visitors all through the day.
  • Does the Al Rafisah Dam have a mosque?
    Yes, there is a mosque at the Al Rafisah Dam where both men and women can pray.
  • Is there a parking area?
    The Al Rafisah Dam rest area can accommodate 45 cars at a time.

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