Welcome to Dibba Al Hisn
Today the town is unique in that its territory is shared by two emirates and the Sultanate of Oman. The most commercial part is the southernmost, Dibba Al Fujairah, whose main thoroughfare is lined by small shops and cafes.
Dibba Al Hisn, in the middle, belongs to Sharjah, and its face has changed almost beyond recognition thanks to major government investment in recent years. New developments include a row of government buildings along Al Fareed St, and there are plans to develop a fun zone of restaurants, a canal, parks and playgrounds on Al Hisn Island.
Dibba Al Baya, across the border in Oman, is a launch pad for exploring the ruggedly beautiful Musandam Peninsula. Local operator Sheesa Beach Dive Centre, on the waterfront about 3km north of the Corniche border crossing, organises dhow cruises and dive trips, while Absolute Adventure specialises in trekking, mountain biking and kayaking tours.
At press time, visitors eligible for a free UAE tourist visa did not require an Omani visa to cross into Musandam (bring your passport, though); however, it's best to get the latest information before heading out, for instance by calling a hotel or tour operator.