48 hours in Fujairah

by Travelbag on 29 May 2015, 15:05PM

A hidden gem in the Middle East, Fujairah is one of the Emirates of the UAE located near Dubai and Abu Dhabi. It is a relatively quiet city by comparison – popular with diving enthusiasts and with locals for a quick beach-break or sunshine getaway. Fujairah is low-key and the perfect place to head to if you fancy escaping the hustle and bustle of city life, and relaxing in a beautiful beach-side hotel, on a world-class beach front.

Here you’ll find our recommendations for spending 48 hours in Fujairah. We’ve tried to put a little bit of everything in there – so you can see and experience as much as the city as possible.

Day 1

Sightseeing
Start your morning with a spot of sightseeing, and visit some of the city’s most iconic landmarks and tourist spots. First up is Fujairah Fort which was originally built in 1670 but was badly damaged in the years since by a British attack. It has been a defensive building but it’s also been a home to royal family – which makes this old fort very unique and fascinating.
In the land surrounding the fort you’ll find Heritage Village, a village set up to educate and inform people about Fujairah’s history and the lifestyle of the people who used to live here. You’ll find restored houses, exhibits about traditional life, and a farming displays. If you like history – you’ll love this area.

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Next up on your sight seeing tour, is the Al-Hayl Castle which was once used as the headquarters for Fujairah's ruling family. It’s an extremely old building (as you can imagine) and historians approximate that the building was likely erected around 250 years ago.

Now onto something a little bit more modern
Once you’ve finished looking around these historical sites, and seeing where Fujairah has come from, take a trip to Fujairah's modern Sheikh Zayed Mosque. This is a completely different kind of building and a new kind of architecture completely. The stunning mosque covers a site the size of three football pitches (it’s huge!) so it’ll take a while for you to look around and explore. The beautiful exterior of the mosque has made it one of Fujairah's most visited landmarks and most iconic structures – and it’s no wonder why. The mosque is now the second biggest in the UAE, beaten only by the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

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Enjoy a relax evening by the beach
When evening comes, after a day of sightseeing, take it easy and visit Breezes Beach Bar and Terrace – one of Fujairah's top rated food spots and attractions in the city. The place is popular with locals and tourists, and you’ll find this is a lovely place to spend eating dinner and people watching. Once you finished, don’t forget to take a midnight stroll along the beach – there’s nothing nicer or more romantic.

Day 2


Fill up at breakfast

If you’re staying on the coastline in Fujairah, chances are your hotel will offer a hearty buffet breakfast for you to enjoy in the morning. These will be full of local delicacies and traditional breakfast food – so give it a try and enjoy living like the locals. Our favourite has to be flat bread with humus, topped with some fresh vegetables.

Take the day to go Scuba Diving or snorkelling
The beaches in Fujairah are located on the Gulf of Oman, and the sea here is a perfect place snorkel or dive. You can rent a private boat if you have the money, or alternatively take a tour guide and go with a group. If you dived before you’ll be in your element – but if you’re a beginner you’ll be able to get classes, so don’t worry.
For those who don’t want to dive – but still want to see the incredible wildlife, snorkelling is another great option. You can’t go quite as deep, but you can still get in on all the fun.

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Al Aqah, in emirate of Fujairah is a small coastline with 4-5 five star hotels ranging from ultra modern to the local Arabic style. All have excellent facilities, pools, spas, restaurants and views of either the beach or the local Hatta mountain range, and all should be able to arrange a diving or snorkelling tour should you wish to go on one.

Once you’re out on the water, the diving is excellent with green turtles at all major dive sites, sharks, rays, lion fish and even the odd sea horse can be seen. Diving can be shallow or deep, the deeper dives include looking at the wrecks underwater – which is exciting and unpredictable.

Return back and rest

After a long day at sea, you’ll likely want to return back to your home to rest – so we’d recommend ordering yourself some delicious room service and putting those feet up!


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