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About Emirate of Fujairah

About Fujairah

One of the seven emirates of the UAE, Fujairah is a unique Emirate city as it is located on the Gulf of Oman, outside the Strait of Hormuz. Fujairah boasts of a multitude of beaches that is spread across 90 kilometers along the Gulf of Oman, giving it an important strategic location.

Fujairah is a mountainous emirate, consisting of cement, stone crushing and mining industries. It also has a flourishing Free Trade Zone mimed on the Dubai Free Zone Authority model.

Fujairah Historical Background in Brief

Fujairah, dominated by the Sharqiyin tribe, is a business and commercial hub. Its ruling dynasty is Al Sharqi and the present ruler is Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammad al Sharqi. The emirate houses the oldest mosque in the United Arab Emirates built of mud and brick in 1446. 

Where to stay in Fujairah

For a comfortable and memorable stay in Fujairah, make sure you choose one of the best hotels and resorts. We have pre-picked some of them here:

Millennium Hotel Fujairah: The Millennium Hotel offers modern yet elegant accommodations with some spectacular views of the mountains. Some facilities include free parking, a shared lounge, tour desk as well as luggage storage. 

Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort: This is an ideal vacation destination, also popular for business meetings and weddings. For more, visit www.lemeridiem-alaqah.com 

Miramar Al Aqah Beach Resort: A perfect mix of modern facilities and Arabian hospitality, this resort is well-equipped with all the facilities amenities including a lavish dinning set up. The guests can also relax at the in-house spa and salon. For more, visit: http://www.miramaralaqah.com/

Al Diar Siji Hotel Fujairah: The hotel offers 5-star amenities at a reasonable price. The rooms of the hotel are well-furnished and equipped with all the amenities for a comfortable stay. Also, there is a small swimming pool and Jacuzzi within the hotel premises. For more, visit: www.adsh.ae 

Activities to do in Fujairah

There is a lot of activities you can indulge in when in Fujairah. Some of them include:

Diving and snorkeling: Most of the hotels in Fujairah city offer different diving packages in the Indian Ocean. If it is not included in your package, you can go for the dive centre at Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort. 

Wadis and mountains: There are wadis and craggy mountains that offer the country’s amazing scenery and some of the best hiking spots. It is recommended that you go for hiking and mountain biking under 0065pert guidance or with an organised tour group.

Bull Fighting: In Fujairah, bull fighting is a traditional event that attracts crowds from far and near. It happens every Friday after 5 pm. The competitors are set for a one-minute challenge. The bull that butts the competitor for the longest time is considered as the winner.

Friday Market: It’s a weekly local market that attracts both tourists and residents. It is renowned for a wide range of consumer goods. It accommodates carpet shops, fruit and vegetable vendors, and even souvenir shops.

Wurayah Waterfalls: If you are a nature lover, this is a must go-to place. The view of the waterfalls that flows from the Hajjar Mountains set in Wadi Wurayah is breath-taking.  The Wadi Wurayah is home to about 100 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. The Wadi is designated as ‘RAMSAR Wetland of International Importance’.

Shopping Malls in Fujairah

Fujairah City Centre: This is one of the most popular shopping destinations in Fujairah, with over 105 retails brands. In addition to this, it has the VOX cinemas for high-class entertainment experience. For more, visit: http://www.citycentrefujairah.com/

Fujairah Mall: This is one of the most exclusive shopping malls and entertainment centers in the Emirate city of Fujairah. It is renowned for high-end outlets and restaurants. For more, visit: http://www.fujairahmall.ae/

Century Mall: It is a part of the Safeer group of malls that are spread around UAE. The mall caters to all the shopping needs of its local residents.

Fujairah Sightseeing Places

You can find a number of sightseeing places in Fujairah, some of which include:

Al Bidya Mosque: It is one of the oldest mosques, made of mud and bricks that is plastered in layers of whitewash. The site was studied by Archaeological Center of Fujairah in association with University of Sydney, Australia.

Fujairah Fort: Considered as one of the historic treasures of Fujairah, the fort has been constructed using locally available materials such as gravel, stone, al sarooj (gypsum) amidst others. The fort was mainly used for defensive purpose.

Some more forts to visit in the Emirate city:

  • Awhala Fort
  • Al Bithna Fort
  • Masafi Fort
  • Al Hayl Fort

Museums in Fujairah

Some museums in Fujairah that you can visit to have a glimpse of the emirate’s history and culture are:

Fujairah Museum: The museum traces the history of Fujairah through various dioramas and artifacts of historical importance. It offers an interactive centre of learning for tourists and local residents to understand about the rich heritage of the Emirate.

Heritage Village Museum: As the name suggests, the museum focuses on the lifestyle of people before the discovery of oil. This village museum accommodates life-sized replicas of houses, fishing boats and much more.

Commuting in Fujairah

You can hire a private car or taxi to get around the Emirate of Fujairah, it is well-connected to other Emirates such as Sharjah and Dubai through Intercity buses. The Fujairah International Airport is also situated near the city.