View of an old arabian castle in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

Things to do in  Fujairah

The nature of the east

Sitting on the UAE’s only slice of the Gulf of Oman coast, Fujairah is a rising star in the country’s tourist firmament. While this city-and-emirate will win few prizes for its architectural beauty, it pulls plenty of drawcards from its sun-drenched sleeve. Here, a 43-mile (70-kilometer) chain of quiet sands lures beach aficionados, rich marine sites beckon snorkelers and divers, and idyllic wadis and peaks attract adventure lovers into the ragged Al Hajar mountains behind the city. Count up all these attractions and things to do, and Fujairah is rich in east-coast promise.

Top 4 attractions in Fujairah

Fujairah Fort

Fujairah Fort, the oldest fort in the United Arab Emirates dating back to 1670, was built from mud, wood, gravel and gypsum on a rocky outcrop where it protected the old village and valuable date palm oasis from invaders. The historic structure was damaged by an attack by the British in the early 20th century, but it was recently resorted to its former state.Surrounding the Fujairah Fort, the Fujairah Department of Archaeology and Heritage has set up a Heritage Village, where visitors can stroll through resorted historic houses filled with exhibits on the traditional lifestyle of Fujairah’s ancient residents.More

Al Badiyah Mosque

Located in Fujairah Emirate, Al Badiyah Mosque is the oldest existing mosque in the United Arab Emirates. Archaeologists are unsure when exactly the place of worship was built, but expert estimates date buildings anywhere from 1446 BC to 640 AD. The small, squarish mosque was constructed from local materials — stone and ruddy mud — and despite its age, it continues to function as a working mosque with regular prayer services.While visiting Al Badiyah Mosque, leave some time for a quick trip up to the Al Bithnah Fort, notable for its beautiful vistas over the surrounding scenery. Visitors are required to wear conservative clothing (no shorts or bare shoulders) to get inside.More

Hatta Heritage Village

Fringing the town of Hatta in the eastern United Arab Emirates’ Hajar Mountains, the Hatta Heritage Village is a restored mountain village that showcases life as it was before the country’s oil boom.Comprised of the reconstructed houses of what was once a working village, the village illustrates different aspects of traditional life, from customs and crafts to agriculture.More

Al Bithnah Fort

Al Bithnah Fort, located in the village of Al Bithnah 8 miles (13 kilometers) west of Fujairah City, was built in 1735 in response to Wahhabi invasions and to protect the strategically important trade route through Wadi Ham in the eastern region of the United Arab Emirates. The original fort was destroyed and rebuilt at least twice during its long history and has recently been renovated to its former glory.Bigger than many of the other forts in Fujairah Emirate, the views of the surrounding mountains from the top of the circular Al Bithnah Fort tower make it worth a visit.More
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All about Fujairah

When to visit

Although its climate is cooler than the UAE’s Persian Gulf coast, Fujairah still has scorching summers, with average July highs hitting 105°F (41°C). Consequently, visitors mostly land here between November and April when temperatures are a much more bearable 77°F (25°C), and the seas are wonderfully warm for scuba and snorkeling. Winter also sees Fujairah dial up the fun, especially at New Year when its hotels stage gala events and its Umbrella Beach hosts fireworks displays.

Getting around

Fujairah’s public bus network is sparse. With no other public transport available, you’ll need to hire taxis or self-drive vehicles to get around, especially as the city’s sights are widely dispersed. Luckily, car rental offices are easy to find, and cabs are plentiful day and night—and metered, so you won’t need to worry about haggling. The heat makes walking uncomfortable, too, especially during the middle part of the day.

Traveler tips

Swap the hotel lunch buffet for a rustic oyster feast at the rustic-looking Dibba Bay Farm Shop in Dibba Bay, about an hour’s drive north of central Fujairah. Admire the mountain scenery along the coastal road, and sit outdoors as you slurp platters of freshly shucked oysters doused in lemon and vinaigrette. Grown in the fresh ocean currents of the company’s nearby farm, they’re a real taste of the open sea.


People Also Ask

What is Fujairah best known for?

Fujairah is known for its stunning setting on the UAE’s eastern shores. Less developed than its Persian Gulf counterparts and sandwiched between the Al Hajar mountains, beaches, and the Gulf of Oman, it’s famous as a battery-recharging bolthole. Visitors come to unwind, snorkel, scuba dive, explore its mountains, and enjoy its away-from-it-all feel.

Is Fujairah worth visiting?

Yes, Fujairah is worth visiting, particularly for sun, surf, and outdoor enthusiasts. You’ll experience pale-sand beaches, crystal-clear seas perfect for snorkeling, scuba, and other watersports, and, in the Al Hajar mountains, paradise-like wadis and untouched scenery. Fujairah also boasts several impressive historical and cultural sights, from Fujairah Fort to the majestic Grand Mosque.

Is Fujairah cooler than Dubai?

Yes, Fujairah tends to be cooler than Dubai due to its higher altitude and mountainous surroundings. These geographical factors make it a more comfortable proposition for lounging on the beach and exploring the outdoors. That said, the difference is negligible. For example, while Dubai’s average January temperatures are 77°F (25°C), Fujairah’s are 75°F (24°C).

Is Fujairah cheaper than Dubai?

Yes. Dubai is a world-famous tourist destination with high-end hotels, upscale restaurants, and world-class leisure attractions, so its prices are higher. As a smaller, more traditional destination, Fujairah’s prices are significantly more wallet-friendly, with—as a rule of thumb—restaurant meals, drinks, hotels, and taxis around 30% less.

Can you drink alcohol in Fujairah?

Yes, visitors can drink alcohol in Fujairah if they’re aged 21 or over. Alcohol is only served in licensed restaurants and bars—mostly in hotels—although some independent cafés sell beers. You can only buy alcohol in specialist stores and should note that drinking, and being drunk in public, are banned.

What should I wear in Fujairah?

Fujairah is in the UAE, a Muslim country, so you’re advised to dress respectfully. Swimwear is acceptable at hotel beaches and pools, but elsewhere, men and women should cover their shoulders and knees and avoid revealing garments. Lightweight, loose clothing is a win-win: it’s better in the heat and satisfies local sensibilities.

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