We have all heard of Dubai right? but have you heard of Fujairah? Like many, we search up destinations which must have lots of sun, sand and places to visit. Fujairah is a location based on the outskirts of the UAE which features a very long strip of beaches. Yes you heard it. Sandy beaches! Whilst teaching in Fujairah, I wanted to discover what exactly does Fujairah have and why is this not on the list of popular destination places in the Middle East. So here are some positive reasons why you should visit Fujairah.
1.Landscapes & Mountains
The first thing that attracted me to Fujairah when I arrived was the large mountains that surrounded the village. It was a big change from my home city (Manchester, UK) waking up everyday to see the sunrise and sunset beyond the mountains. Finding a really good viewpoint to oversee the city can be located at various points such as on top of the Fujairah Fort, Jebel Al Mebrah or on the drive back from Dubai.
2.History Amongst The Small City
Fujairah has a lot of history. The Fujairah Castle is a historic site located in the centre of the village and is one of the largest castles in the country. The history of the fort dates back to the 16th century when the Emirates were fight back colonialism.
One thing that struck me about the fort was that it seemed tourist free. Don't get me wrong tourist do visit this place but, it seemed like no one was taking advantage of the history right at their doorstep. I have been several times now and I can tell you, every time I step into the castle, I feel a sense of history flash before me. It's great for photography and a short visit with the kids.
Other historic locations are Fujairah Heritage Village, Al Bithna Fort & Masafi Fort.
3.Sand, Snorkelling and Sea Life
This little island located in Dibba stands alone surrounded by vibrant sea life and a great chance in spotting turtles and dolphins! The distance between the shore and the little island is around a hundred metres and can essentially be walked across. But be careful, you might want to bring some sturdy swimming shoes just incase you step on a sharp thorn or two.
Other beaches not far from Dibba are Khor Fakkan and Umbrella Beach. The whole coast is full of beaches so you won't be disappointed.
4. Glowing Architecture
Fujairah is home to the famous Islamic landmark Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Being one of the two grand mosques in the UAE, people wonder why this beautiful architecture is in such a small city. Funded by President Sheikh Khalifa and design contributions by Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Ruler of Fujairah, this increased the popularity of Fujairah attracting millions around the world. The architecture it self is beautiful especially at night. When I drive past, I see the minarets glowing from a distance. Inside is even more spectacular and I definitely encourage everyone to visit if they ever come to Fujairah.
5. Natural Beauty
If you want to see some natural green pools or a waterfall, you need to visit Wadi Wurayah. It is home to more than 100 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians as well as more than 300 species of plants. Famous for its scenic waterfall set amid the Hajar Mountains, Wadi Wurayah is recommended as a must-see in UAE. What I enjoyed about this place was the natural green water that is dotted around the area. The location is very quiet, so I could take my time just relaxing and enjoying the view and sound of nature. The location is not hard to get to but you might want to bring some water as there are no nearby restaurants to eat.
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