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When visiting a new place, you could choose to have a typical holiday and visit the most popular, well-known tourist destinations or you could opt to tread the off-beaten path. This article is just for you if you chose the latter!
The United Arab Emirates is a union of seven political constituents, called emirates, with Abu Dhabi as the capital. The other emirates include Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Umm al-Quwain, and Ras al-Kahimah. Fujairah stands out by being the only emirate that has a coastline on the Gulf of Oman and not on the Persian Gulf.
The Hajar Mountains cut off Fujairah from the other emirates in the UAE. It is the only Emirate whose coastline is exclusively on the Gulf of Oman and is the fifth largest (out of seven) Emirate in the UAE. Well-known as the place with the oldest mosque in the UAE, it also has a higher-than-average yearly rainfall of the UAE, which allows farmers to grow ONE crop a year. It is also the only Emirate to be almost completely mountainous.
The weather in Fujairah is better than the other Emirates because of the Hajar Mountains surrounding it. This brings enough rainfall to the area so it isn’t excessively hot. The best time to visit is from October to March.
Fujairah is well-known for its daily shipping operations on a large scale since it also functions as a minor bunkering port.
You can go on an affordable Fujeirah tour if you opt for the East Coast Road that we can arrange at our hotel for you. You will be travelling to Hajar Mountains and the Fujeirah Beach among other places.
Generally considered to be the UAE’s oldest fort, Fujairah Fort was constructed in 1670 and functions as a residence for the ruling family. It also acts as a defensive building when the need arises.
Fujairah was the last emirate to incorporate itself into the UAE. It is also home to the oldest mosque in the UAE, called the Al-Bidyah Mosque, which got its name from the surrounding town. The engineering features are a major accomplishment for that period of construction, and was built out of mud and brick.
Bull butting is a family event that takes place in Fujairah every Friday. The practice was brought to the UAE by early Portuguese colonisers. Bulls start battling each other from the beginning of the day till the victor is announced in the evening.
Fujairah is known for its beaches and the solitude and relaxation they present. Offshore activities include scuba diving and snorkelling and there are many beautiful sites for these available in the area.
If there are any shopaholics in the group, do check out LuLu Mall Fujairah, Fujairah City Centre, Century Mall, and Fujairah Mall.
For all the thrill-seekers, visit the Wadis around Fujairah. A wadi is a riverbed that’s dry, but could also be a reference to any of the valley oases. Driving through wadis on four-wheeler vehicles, or even hiking through them, is called wadi-bashing, and is one of the primary activities Fujairah is famous for.
Fujairah is popular with tourists and definitely worth a visit when in the UAE, and it comes as no surprise that the locals love it. Do check with our DAMAC Maison concierge desks if you are looking for a trip to Fujairah.
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