Fujairah is an emirate situated on the east coast of the United Arab Emirates. Nestled between the Hajar Mountains and the Indian Ocean, this picturesque town is the perfect holiday destination due to its location overlooking the Gulf of Oman and the Indian Ocean.
F ujairah has become a popular destination for anyone looking to enjoy the beauty of nature and having a relaxing break. With countless activities, from water sports to flying lessons and spas, Fujairah is guaranteed to keep you busy. Fujairah is all set to meet the expectations of becoming a globalised city. With business, tourism and infrastructure developments steaming ahead, Fujairah’s transformation into a twenty-first century city is certain. His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi is the current ruler of the emirate. The main cities and villages in Fujairah are Dibba, Murbeh, Qidfa, Al Bidiyah, Masafi, Al-Siji and Al Bithna.
Al Badiyah Mosque Also known as Ottoman Mosque, Al Badiyah Mosque was constructed in the 15th century and is situated in a small village in north of Fujairah. It is considered as one of the oldest mosques of United Arab Emirates. This historical mosque provides great delight and memories of ancient Arab culture and civilisation to tourists.
Fujairah Corniche Bull Fighting
Every Friday, a cultural heritage show for Arabian Bull Fighting is arranged in a fenced muddy field opposite to the Fujairah Corniche by the locals. Arabian bull fighting should not be mistaken with Spanish bull fighting as there is no animal cruelty, blood and human involved. Arabian bull fight is just a tug of-war contest between two bulls, where one bull pushes the other bull outside the circle. Whoever succeeds in pushing, is rewarded in the shape of increased value and respect. This attraction is entirely free of charge.
Fujairah Fort is the oldest historical fort in United Arab Emirates built in the 16th century. Historical records show that it was some kind of a defense building for ruling royal family of that time.
Fujairah Museum Fujairah Museum was established in 1991 by the Ruler of Fujairah and expanded in 1998 by the Department of Heritage and Antiques. The museum provides visitors with an image of its cultural background and archaeological evidence to prove its inheritance since 3rd millennium BC.
Ain Al Madhab Garden
This a popular relaxation spot located near the foothills of Hajjar Mountains. It is more than just a mineral spa where people come for swimming in the warm sulphuric water. There are two pools, one for men and another for women. These pools contain special mineral water springs mixed with the warm sulphuric water.
Fujairah’s Friday Market
Fujairah’s Friday market is situated at Masafi. It is agreat place for tourists to stop by and buy fresh fruits and vegetables grown by the locals. Tourists can also buy cultural art pieces of Fujairah stalls from of carpets and pottery shops.
Snoopy Island is an incredible rocky marine island replete with natural beauty and abundant sea life. It is situated about 100 meters offshore from the Sandy Beach Hotel & Resorts at Al Aqah in Fujairah. It is a tremendous place for snorkelling. Scene of marvellous natural beauty and different colours of fish is sufficient to make the trip memorable.
Tennis & Country Club
Fujairah Tennis & Country Club Fujairah is situated against Hajjar Mountains in Fujai. The club has five international floodlight tennis courts and a tennis stadium with a seating capacity of 2,000 persons.
Century Mall is the biggest mall in the eastern emirates of UAE with an area of 300,000 square feet. This mall is situated on the New Al Anjaimat Road next to Al Shabab Club in Al Mazmar Area of Fujairah.
Wadi Wurayah is an area of 12,700 hectares situated between and Bidiyah in UAE. It is situated between Masafi, Khor, Fakkan and Bidiya in UAE. It is the first mountain protected Area in UAE and origin of more than 100 species of mammals, birds, insects, fish and more than 300 species of plants.
The Hajar Mountains are the highest mountain range in the eastern Arabian Peninsula and runs through both the UAE and Oman. The highest named point in the UAE is located here, measuring 1,527 metres high and is called Jabal Yibir. This mountain range stands to the west of Fujairah.
With an international airport, Fujairah offers seasonal flights and daily domestic flights. It is just 45 minutes minutes away from Dubai and Sharjah by road. Fujairah is an important port which provides all services enjoyed by the major ports of the world, in addition to receiving cruise ships during the tourism season.
CUSTOMS & TRADITIONS
The Kandura, or a dishdash, is a long white cloak worn by UAE national males. This is often accompanied by a headscarf called a Guthra and is held in place by an Egal, their head. Women wear a black cloak or abaya that covers the body from head to toe.
The food in this region is somewhat similar to Lebanese or other Arab cuisines. Meals comprise mostly lamb, fish and rice. One of the most popular dishes is Biryani with other popular authentic Emirati dishes including Raqaq (flat) bread, yeast bread Al Harees, Al Majboos, etc.