Completing UAE with its existence, Fujairah stands tall as one of the 7 emirates of UAE. A small but modern and industrial city, Fujairah is your abode of relief from the bustling Dubai. A favorite weekend escape of the locals, Fujairah beckons tourists with its beautiful coastline which allows sun bathing and other water sport activities. There are many things to do in Fujairah.
Read on to get an idea about this fine city and its important tourist destinations and activities.
1.Visit the Fujairah Fort
Fort restored and transformed into a splendid looking place that is a must visitespecially at night when it is beautifully illuminated. Emanating the history of the ancient era, Fujairah fort takes you back to the Arabian times. Fujairah fort is known as the oldest fort in the entire UAE. Thanks to the restoration, the fort has restored its former glory and is a sight to behold for the tourists. The area around the fort is now known as the heritage village and is maintained under the department of Fujairah’s Department of Archaeology and Heritage.From tombs dating back to the long lost Iron Age to the artifacts of estimated age of a minimum 4000 years, Fujairah fort is full of surprises for the history lovers.
2.See the Al- Bidyah Mosque
To the north of the beautiful Fujairah city lays the Al Bidyah mosque, one of the oldest and the most beautiful mosques in the UAE. This mud brick mosque is the oldest in the entire UAE. The amazing engineering of the architecture is nothing short of a marvel for a period that dates back to several centuries. The ventilation and the overall design of the building exhibits the intellectual and advanced mindset of the engineers in the era.
3.Witness the Al- Hayl Castle
One of the most preserved forts in the United Arab Emirates, Al- Hayl Castle was built somewhere around 1830. Amidst the colossal Hajjar Mountains, Al- hayl castle held great importance during the early era when the royal ruling family of Fujairah used for its defense. It was extensively used for patrolling and surveillance and is still a great place to visit, preferably when the sun is setting.
4.Visit the Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Constructed in an area that is almost equivalent to the area of 3 football pitches, Sheikh Zayed Mosque is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Fujairah. It boasts of six 100 meter high minarets and can accommodate over 32000 people for worship. Its basement hall for women can accommodate up to 3000 females. The beautiful white marble and granite architecture is a great place to see. The interiors are not open to non- Muslims but even its exteriors are worth paying a visit. It is the biggest mosque in UAE after the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in the city of Abu Dhabi.
5.Shop at the Masafi Market
If you are looking for a good place to buy carpets, artifacts and pottery, Masafi market is the place to be in Fujairah. The carpets are the bestsellers of this place and mostly are sourced from Pakistan. In the city surrounded by mountains, the market is a good stopover for the travelers. Products are good and the bargains can be really great. The stalls are neat and well organized and are open from 8 am to 10 pm everyday of the week. The Friday Masafi market is a major attraction of Fujairah. A great place to buy earthenware, souvenirs and antiques, masafi market is also popularly known as Souk- Al- Juma.
A must visit place for one and all; the Fujairah museum has distinctively preserved the Bronze Age artifacts and Iron Ageweaponry of the bygone era. Beautifully displayed pottery collection, carved vessels of soapstone, and the pre Islamic coins of silver metal are carefully preserved and are on display for the visitors. Most of these treasured artifacts were found during the archeological digs at Bithnah and Qidfa. One of the most prized artifacts found during the dig is a big bowl made out of an ostrich egg dating back to nothing less than 2200 years. It is a place to revisit the traditional life of Emiratis.
7.Snorkeling in the Snoopy Island
This little island just 100 meter from the sandy beach motel on the road to Dibba from Fujairah, offers one of the best snorkeling experiences in UAE.Swim for just 30 meters and you are in to the blue with the colored fishes, turtles and amazing corals. Snoopy Island is the best place to discover the paradise of underwater life and experience the tranquility of the place. Swim with beautiful fishes, turtles and discover the unimaginable colors of life through them. It is a perfect place to enjoy the weekend and relax.
8.Enjoy the Bull fighting
Fujairah is the only place in the UAE where you can enjoy the thrilling sport of bull fighting. You can see spectators from over the country gathered every Friday to enjoy the exciting bull fighting. The metal fenced area opposite the Fujairah Corniche starts getting crowded with spectators who want to enjoy the sport. But unlike the other countries, bull fighting in Fujairah is without any bloodshed or matadors, which makes it safer and more enjoyable.
9.Al Bithna Fort
Standing tall just outside the Fujairah city, the fort of Bithnah was once a major landmark for the defense of the city from tress passers. Built in 1735, it was an important place during the eastern reign of United Arab Emirates.
Fujairah is a commercial and business hub of UAE and is an important stopover to indulge in the history and Emirati culture. The excellent restoration work and the modern developments are soon making this place very popular amongst tourists.