Dibba Al-Hisn
دبا الحصن
Dibba Al-Hisn skyline seen from the beach
Dibba Al-Hisn skyline seen from the beach
Flag of Dibba Al-Hisn
Dibba Al-Hisn is located in United Arab Emirates
Dibba Al-Hisn
Location of Dibba Al-Hisn
Dibba Al-Hisn is located in Persian Gulf
Dibba Al-Hisn
Dibba Al-Hisn (Persian Gulf)
Coordinates: 25°37′8″N 56°16′24″E / 25.61889°N 56.27333°E / 25.61889; 56.27333
Country United Arab Emirates
Named forThe fort located by the sea or the vanished Portuguese fort
 • EmirSultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi
 • Total438 ha (1,082 acres)
 • Total12,573
 • Density2,900/km2 (7,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+4 (UAE standard time)
Portuguese Fortres of Dibba Al-Hisn (Doba) in the 17th century - Lyvro de Plantaformas e Fortalezas da India.
Purple - Portuguese in Persian Gulf in the 16th and 17th century. Main cities, ports and routes.

Dibba Al-Hisn (Arabic: دبا الحصن, white Dibba) is a pene-exclave of the emirate of Al-Sharjah, one of the seven United Arab Emirates. It is bordered by the Gulf of Oman from the East, Dibba Al-Baya (a province of Oman in Musandam) from the North, and Dibba Al-Fujairah from the South. It is also geographically part of the Dibba region. It is the smallest in size among the Dibbas. It is mostly known for its fish market and the ancient fortress from which it got its name. Also, it is known for its high density of population relative to the other Dibbas.


Pre-Islamic period

Dibba Al-Hisn has been an important site of maritime trade and settlement since the pre-Islamic era. Although there is slight information, mainly from tombs, of settlement during the later second millennium and early first millennium BCE, contemporary with such sites as Shimal, Tell Abraq and Rumeilah, and of scattered occupation during the period of al-Dur and Mileiha, most mention of Dibba is in the period just prior to and after the coming of Islam. Under the Sasanians and their Omani clients the Al-Juland, an important market existed at Dibba. Dibba was sometimes the capital of Oman.[2] According to Ibn Habib, "merchants from Sindh, India, China, people of the East and West came to it."

Islamic period

Colonial period

Portuguese occupation (1624 - 1648 CE)

Dibba Al-Hisn is believed to be the site where the Portuguese during the Habsburg Dynasty built a fort and a wall around the city.[1] In August 1648, the Arabs besieged Muscat, Oman, and on October 31, 1648, a treaty was signed between the two opponents. The terms required the Portuguese to build the fortress of Kuriyat, Dibba Al-Hisn and Matrah (Oman).[3]

Modern history

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List of rulers of Dibba

— with Sheikh Khalid II ibn Ahmad al-Qasimi (1903–1924)

Note: There have been land disputes between Dibba Al-Hisn and Dibba Al-Baya, but these were resolved in the 1990s.

Fishing traps in the old port in Dibba Al-Hisn
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This timeline states events related to Dibba of UAE — Dibba Al-Fujairah and Dibba Al-Hisn.


Dibba Al-Hisn Sports Club Main Entrance



A branch of the Community College of the University of Sharjah[2] is available in Dibba Al-Hisn.

Public schools

Alkhalidya Secondary School [3]



  1. ^ UAE Official Boundaries GitHub
  2. ^ United Arab Emirates: A New Perspective By Ibrahim Abed, Peter Hellyer. ISBN 1-900724-47-2, ISBN 978-1-900724-47-0
  3. ^ "The Portuguese in the Arabia peninsula and in the Persic Gulf". www.colonialvoyage.com. Archived from the original on 15 May 2005. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  4. ^ Chronicle of Progress: 25 Years of Development in the United Arab Emirates By Ibrahim Abed, Paula Casey-Vine, Abdullah Al Jabali. ISBN 1-900724-03-0, ISBN 978-1-900724-03-6