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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.
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.
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.
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.
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....More
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....More
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)....More
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....More
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....More
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....More