Fujairah

This small Emirate is a popular weekend getaway for many who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of places like Dubai and Abu Dhabi. With its beautiful coastline and the picturesque Hajar mountains, there is a lot on offer.
The Shaik Zayed Mosque with its white pristine beauty is a place one must visit. However, non-Muslims are not allowed inside the Mosque. It is supposedly as big as 3 football fields and has minarets which are over 100 metres high. It can accommodate about 32,000 worshippers at a time.
The Fujairah Fort is the oldest fort in the UAE. It was partly destroyed in the early 20th century but has been now largely restored. It is a stone building and has several halls, two round towers and a square tower. A heritage village around the fort has exhibits of houses as they were in the olden days and a lot of information about the traditional way of life.
Close by is the Fujairah Museum which houses several artefacts from the Bronze and Iron ages. A prized item on display is a bowl made from an Ostrich egg which is over 2000 years old. There are many displays of traditional Emirati life.
The Al Bidyah Mosque which is built with mud and brick is possibly the oldest one in the UAE. The Prayer Hall has many arches and ventilators. A graveyard next to it has graves that date back to the Iron Age. So very historical and worth a visit.
For all you beach buffs, there are some excellent beaches here. You can snorkel and swim and scuba dive. The coastline is on the Gulf of Oman, not the Arabian Gulf.
Masafi, which is a part of both Fujairah and Ras Al-Khaimah has natural water springs. The Hajar mountains are in this area. You will see Masafi mineral water bottles all over the UAE. The local market here is good and sells handicrafts, antiques, carpets etc. You can also go to the Ain Al-Madhab hot springs and bathe or swim in the pools there.
Wadi bashing or four-wheel driving in dry riverbed areas is famous in this area. Wadi Saham, Wadi Siji, Wadi Ham, Wadi Al Taiwan which has a route through the mountains to reach it and Wadi al-Wuhrayah which has some waterfalls and a pool you can swim in are worth going to.
Contact www.unitedworld.ae and they will ensure your trip is enjoyable.

Mavis Mendonca Smith

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