Al Rafisah is another of my favourite places to go. It has recently been developed as one of the many areas created for families to enjoy in the emirate of Sharjah.
It has been beautifully landscaped and is a real riot of colour. Bees, butterflies and other insects can be seen amongst the foliage along with many species of birds. Gazelles live on an island on the opposite side and ducks, herons and other aquatic birds live on the lake.
The water level of the lake fluctuates according to the rain and the ruins which can be seen in the summer months are partially or wholly under water in the winter months.
There are several types of boats such as kayaks and pedal boats which can be rented out at very reasonable prices.
There are many seating areas, picnic areas and four play areas, two for toddlers and two for older children. There is also a cafe and a small co-op selling snacks and drinks.
As it may get busy in the holidays and weekends, you can follow the signs to The Walk, a path along the foot of the mountains with many sheltered benches where you can rest and enjoy the view or sit and chat with friends or family.
Be sure to drop in to the tourist office too to discover the other gems the Emirate of Sharjah has to offer.
Location: Khor Fakkan Rd, Khor Fakkan. Emirate of Sharjah.