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Introduction

The easternmost of the United Arab Emirates, Fujairah is the only emirate not to have a coastline along the Persian Gulf. It is also the youngest of the emirates: it only became independent from Sharjah in 1952.

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Sights and Activities

  • Al Bidya Mosque. the oldest existing mosque in the UAE, built in 1450 of mud and brick. It is on the way from Fujairah city to Dibba and after crossing the city of Khorfakhan. It is at the foot of a small hill with an ancient watchtower. An interesting site for those who like to experience the past world. It is a favourite place for foreign and domestic tourists. It is possible for non-Muslims to go inside this Mosque. Women (also men in shorts) must dress up to enter. The staff provides you with appropriate clothing and headscarves. The two ancient watch towers are also worth climbing up for a view.
  • Fujairah Fort. in the central of the city, overseeing the whole city of Fujairah and 3 km away from the coast, built in around 1500 - 1550 CE to defend and to repeal invaders, an immaculately kept relic from centuries ago, preserved without embellishment so you can really get a sense of what it was like all those years ago, as well as leaving plenty of towers and turrets open for you to explore of your own accord. Staff on site giving out guidebooks for free.
  • Fujairah Museum (next to the Fujairah Fort.). Hosts many relics on show from the archaeological excavations, which have taken place in and around the area. The permanent exhibition includes coins, farm instruments, weapons and pottery. Entry is 5 dirham.
  • Sheikh Zayed Mosque. A smaller version of Abu Dhabi's Grand Sheikh Zayed Mosque, following similar structure and construction.
  • Fujairah Heritage Village.
  • Madhab Spring Park.
  • Sakamkam Fort.

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Getting There

By Plane

While Fujairah has an airport, it is closed to commercial aviation. Airborne visitors will arrive at one of the western emirates.

By Car

Fujairah is roughly 2 hours by car from Dubai and the trip is on sealed roads throughout.

It is also quite easy to reach Fujairah from nearby Oman, as the border is very close. Visitors must have separate visas for Oman and UAE in order to move from one to the other by car or any other mode of travelling.

Taxis run from Fujairah (next to the old cinema) to Dubai and Sharjah. A shared taxi to downtown Dubai (Deira taxi stand) costs around US$7 and they go as soon as the car is full. An unshared one costs about US$28 but it depends on where you want to go in Dubai. Add another US$15 if you want to go the Marina area where all the tourist hotels are. Beware - metered taxis from Dubai to Fujairah are twice the price.

By Bus

Buses run regularly between Dubai and Fujairah (around one every hour during the day and evening); the cost is 25 dirham one way (tickets to be bought from the ticket window before boarding).

The bus service is comfortable. Women, couples and families sit in the front two to three rows, and men in the remaining seats.

Buses leave from Union Square in Dubai, and from the old Plaza Cinema/HSBC in Fujairah (stopping at the bus station on the way out of town, where passengers need to disembark to buy their tickets before re-boarding).

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Getting Around

Fujairah city is not designed for pedestrians, being dominated by main roads. The fleet of Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry taxis are metered, and are plentiful. Fares start at 2 dirham during the day (2.50 dirham at night). Visitors attempting to walk around the city will attract horn tooting from taxi drivers, who seriously cannot believe that anyone would choose to walk.

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Eat

  • Gulf Flower Bakery sells good falafel sandwiches and other bits and pieces.
  • The al-Meshwar restaurant is in the centre of the city in a whimsical-looking building and features a ground-floor "cafe" serving the regional staples (shawarma, felafel etc.) and shishas. Above that is the main restaurant, which serves good-quality Lebanese fare.
  • Sadaf - Persian Restaurant is also to be found in the city. The decor is rather startling (including a waterfall in the middle of the dining room), but the food is of a good standard.
  • Asmak Smakmak Restaurant offers a wide range of seafood that is freshly caught from the local ocean, in front of the Fujairah's fish market.

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Drink

There are no local specialties as far as drink goes, which means that the usual collection of water, juices, tea, coffee and softdrinks are readily available.

Alcohol is mostly only available within top-quality hotels. Cheaper alternatives include the Fujairah Marine Club on the corniche and Fujairah Beach Motel, which also has a retail "hole-in-the-wall." You'll have to ask as it's hidden away a bit.

The best value drinks in town are to be had in the pub at the Tennis and Country Club (go on a Tuesday and you get karaoke too).

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Sleep

  • YHA backpackers hostel with rooms for around 75 dirham. The owner is not very friendly and doesn't speak very good English but rooms are clean and comfortable with private bathrooms.
  • Novotel Fuajirah
  • The Al Diar Siji Hotel (part of Abu Dhabi-based Al Diar Hotels) is generally designed for business travellers. Staff are attentive and the rooms are pleasant. There are also a number of clubs attached to the hotel, including a 10-pin bowling alley.
  • Emirates Spring Hotel Apartments
  • Nour Arjan by Rotana
  • Blue Diamond Alsalam Resort
  • Radisson Blue Resort Hotel Fujairah
  • Concord Fujairah
  • Royal M Fujairah

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet caf├ęs are fairly common in the larger cities, and web censorship is at times odd, but rarely obtrusive. Free wifi is rolled out over the country, starting with Abu Dhabi en Dubai in 2014 and 2015, and many places like hotels, restaurants, bars and coffee places have free wifi as well.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country code is 971. Emergency numbers include 999 (police), 998 (ambulance) and 997 (fire), though the general 112 number can be used as well.

The mobile phone network uses the GSM technology and use is widespread. The format for dialing is: +971-#-### ####, where the first "#" designates the area code. Key area codes include Dubai (4), Sharjah (6) and Abu Dhabi (2). Calls to mobile phones use the operator's area codes: (50/56) for Etisalat and (55) for Du.

If you bring your own cellphone, be sure to switch off roaming to avoid high costs, or otherwise purchase a local SIM card from Du or Etisalat. You need your passport with valid visa to purchase the SIM card.

Post

Emirates Post provides services in the country. It's fairly affordable and reliable and many post offices keep long hours from Saturday to Thursday, usually from around 7:30am to 8:00pm or even a little later. Most are closed on Fridays, though some are open for a few hours. If you want to send packages internationally, you might want to use companies like DHL, TNT, FedEx or UPS, as they are fast, reliable and competitively priced. A good alternative is the country's own Empost UAE.

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