Fujairah Things to Do
Fujairah is a fast-developing destination in the United Arab Emirates. Historical and natural features are some of the main things to see and do in Fujairah.
Masafi Friday Market
The Masafi Friday Market, or as it is known locally, Souq al Juma, is found on the Dubai-Fujairah Road as you approach Masafi. The most popular items to bargain for are rugs, earthenware, antiques and souvenirs. This market is also a great place to buy other items such as mats, shrubs, and pottery from the Emirates. Additionally, there are some fruit and vegetable stalls. Despite its name, the market is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the week.
Near Fujairah there is a little island, named Snoopy for its shape. If you like to swim alongside and get close to fish and turtles, this is the place to go. Swimming and snorkeling here puts you in the beautiful blue waters and you get a nice view of the coral reef. You can dive also, it isn’t like the red sea, but you will be in the middle of millions of little fishes–they touch you!
Canyon in the Hajjar Mountains
Fujairah is the only Emirate of the UAE that is almost totally mountainous. The Hajjar Mountains separate Fujairah from the rest of the country. The mountain range got its name from the Arabic word meaning “stone mountains”. They aren’t very high, but on the way from the plain to Masafi and Diba Al Hisn (on the ocean coast) the road runs between mountains; Jabal Dad Mountain is the highest mountain in the area. The road is very picturesque and you will see deep wadies (canyons) and huge rocks. Usually, excursion buses make stops at the deep canyon and visitors can enjoy the brilliant views in this mountain area.
Al Bidyah Mosque
Al Bidyah mosque was built in 1446 A.D. and is the oldest mosque in the Emirates and one of the holiest. Constructed of stone and mudbricks, the building has four domes supported by an internal pillar, which is unusual for religious architecture in the region. The inside of the mosque is not accessible to non-Muslims.
Every Friday afternoon at 4:30, the pickups roll in with bulls ready to fight their bloodless duels without matador or banderillos. Fujairah is the only place in the United Arab Emirates where you can find this unique “sport”.
Other things to see include visiting Khor Kalba, one of the last large areas of mangrove swamp. There are also a number of different archeological digs in progress in Fujairah.
Fujairah is rapidly growing. In the late 1990s there were few Westerners there, but now there are many. Visiting there now you expect a far more relaxed way of life. Sit in one of the many coffee shops and watch the world go by.
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