Thoban is a dusty unassuming town that one drives through on the way from
Wood and Metal Crafts
Slow down and you’ll see outside most of these little shops some cabins, offices, the traditional Emirati sabelah (sun shelters) and areesh (summer hut) for the backyard, swings and seats made from wood and steel. Perhaps it’s the proximity to the Friday Market that has turned Thoban into a manufacturing centre for traditional and modern crafts.
Traditional and Modern Pottery
The most famous craft centre is the Thoban Pottery Factory which has been producing traditional Arab terracotta pots for almost two decades.
Date Palm Crafts
The Al Nakheel Heritage and Craft Works is a fascinating shop. 85% of its stock is made from Al Nakheel—the common date palm. These palm products are made in a factory in Masafi.
They sell small items such as floor mats, food covers, baskets and trays but they also sell large furniture like chairs and tables and children’s play equipment, all made from the date palm.
Many of their products are UAE souvenirs and Emirati items like the traditional stick or cane that is used by men for dancing.
Other items (and those not made from Al Nakheel) include mountain honey, picnic equipment such as blankets, basic BBQs, grills that come in different sizes and lanterns.
Approaching Thoban from
Coming from Dubai/Sharjah go to the end of the Thoban shops, then drive for about 1-2 kilometres until you can do a U Turn. Don’t go too fast as it is in the second block of shops on the right coming from the direction of Fujairah, just after the 100 kpm speed limit sign and the blue road sign.
Thoban is 44 kilometres from Fujairah and 14 kilometres the
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Al Nakheel Heritage and Craft Works
Manager: Mohamed Khames El Bady
Mob: 050 5850313; 050 1240812
Take a Look
Some photographs of some of the palm and other products at the Al Nakheel Heritage and Craft Works can be found in this photo album. Be aware that the range of products and the prices listed are bound to change in the months to come.
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Image: A very comfortable furniture set made from Al Nakheel (date palm).