Another must-do UAE ride is to start from Masafi in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah and to include the diversion into the Oman Enclave. This is a very small section that belongs to Oman, but is surrounded by UAE on all sides. The ride can be tacked in various ways. On our route, we left Masafi and began a 5km climb on the E89.
The initial climb takes riders up to the mouth of the first of 5 tunnels. Once you’ve reached the first tunnel, there is a fabulous section of around 20km that takes you through all 5 tunnels on a descent towards Khor Fakkan on the Northern Coast. Hit play on our short video to get a taste of the terrain and what to expect. We did this ride in January, when the weather is perfect. Perhaps a little chilly at a start time of around 7.30am, but the sun soon rises with you as you commence the first climb.
Descent to Khor Fakkan
The next 20 to 25km takes you down through all 5 tunnels until you reach a plateau and the sight of the sea on the Northern coast. This a beautiful section of the ride as the views are stunning. Just be aware of traffic coming through the tunnels from behind. At least one of the tunnels is around 3 km long. A few pictures from this section of the ride in the slideshow below.
Take a right at Khor Fakkan
Before you hit the coast, you will reach a roundabout on a flat section with the sea a few km in the distance. Take a right at this roundabout to head towards Fujairah parallel to the coast. This is a flat section but you won’t be on this section for too long. You can see the right turn just a few km after the large roudabout on the satellite map below.
Flat section near Khor Fakkan
Nahwa – Oman enclave
Nahwa is a territory that forms part of the Emirate of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. It is a counter-enclave (or second-order enclave) within the Omani territory of Madha, which is itself an exclave of Oman and an enclave within the United Arab Emirates. It’s an interesting detour for any road cyclist as the terrain and scenery change notably with a few twists and turns before a steady climb that takes you to the end of a road that stops abruptly about 15km into this part of the ride.
Smooth roads and stunning scenery greet you in Nahwa.