Shawka Dam UAE – Hiking Information

Shawka Dam UAE – Hiking Information

It’s a 10 km loop walk near Shawka Dam. Which should take a day, with stops for food and water and to take in the scenery. About half way there is a nice wide wadi with trees to sit under and have lunch.

Best to do is walk anti-clockwise as it gets the scrambling and wadi wading out of the way first and the last wadi is a very easy gradual downhill walk back to the car.

Almost at the start of the walk you’ll be faced with a big pool, looking to your right you can see a steep-ish ascent that will take you past this and back into the wadi.When there has been a lot of rainfall, some parts of this trail may be blocked by pools. You can then either scramble over the rocks to cross it or choose the low road through the water (if not too deep).

Shawka dam refreshing area

Shawka dam shaded refreshing area.

With the presence of water, you will have the opportunity to observe many butterflies, dragonflies, toads, wadi fish, beetles, birds, plants.


Image courtesy: Biju Paul


On the Sharjah – Kalba road (E102), take left at Shawka: N25 04′ 58.52″ E56 01′ 25.04″ to Shawka Dam.

After 2,8 km take right (N25 06′ 26.12″ E56 01′ 37.58″) and you will arrive at the Dam.

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