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Mangrove swamp in Khor Kalba

Kalba is located in the United Arab Emirates
Location of Kalba
Coordinates: 25°04′27″N 56°21′19″E / 25.07417°N 56.35528°E / 25.07417; 56.35528
Country United Arab Emirates
Emirate Al-Sharjah
 - Emir Sultan bin Mohamed Al-Qasimi
Time zone UAE standard time (UTC+4)

Kalba (Arabic: كلبــاء‎) is a city in the United Arab Emirates. It is an enclave of the emirate of Sharjah, Kalba is north of Oman and south of the emirate of Fujairah. Khor Kalba (Kalba Creek), a mangrove swamp, is located further south of the town. The town was captured by Portugal in the 16th century and was referred to as Chelb.

City access

Kalba is accessible by road from Sharjah Kalba Road (90 km) From Sharjah and there is another road Fujairah to Kalba (8 km), and The Airport at Sharjah International Airport. The Kalba–Khor Kalba road extends until the border with Oman, and is one of the exit–entry points between UAE and Oman.


In 1903, Kalba achieved de facto independence from Sharjah. It was recognized by Britain on 8 December 1936 and re-incorporated into Sharjah in 1952.


Kalba is ruled by the Al Qasimi tribe, and has had only three rulers[citation needed]:

  • (1903–30 April 1937) Sheikh Said bin Hamad al-Qasimi (18..–1937)
  • (30 April 1937–1951) Sheikh Hamad bin Said al-Qasimi (d. 1951)
  • (1951–1952) Sheikh Saqr bin Sultan al-Qasimi (b. 1920)


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