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Fujairah Holidays

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Fujairah? No faff.

A holiday to Fujairah takes you to the second-smallest Emirate in the United Arab Emirates. It’s also the region’s most easterly state, and the only one with a coastline entirely on the Gulf of Oman. It might be small, but Fujairah’s history stretches back over 4,000 years and comes with outsize scenic grandeur. Almost every beach here has the mighty Hajar Mountains in the background. Pretty oasis-like wadis – or valleys – and palm plantations dot the landscape with vivid splashes of green. Historical hill forts pop up all over the place, as a reminder of Fujairah’s strategic importance. And, if you want impressive new architecture, just head to Fujairah City to gaze up at the towering minarets and domes of magnificent Sheikh Zayed Mosque.

Humble Fujairah doesn’t do enormous theme parks and monumental shopping malls. Instead, a holiday to Fujairah offers watersports and outdoor activities, lazy beach days, quaint markets, heritage villages and incredible snorkelling. And, thanks to its mountainous terrain and east coast setting, the weather here is slightly fresher than other Emirates in winter and spring, although summers are dry and very hot. 

Still a well-kept secret – compared to west coast Emirates – Fujairah is tourist-light, a favourite with Emirati families and perfect for travellers wanting to get further off the beaten track. You can unwind on quiet beaches, climb or hike in the Hajar Mountains, and snorkelling in the Gulf of Oman. As part of your Fujairah trip, make a point of learning about the local history. Visit traditional villages and seaside towns, and then explore Fujairah City. Most of all, take some time to appreciate the laidback vibe and peaceful atmosphere – because Fujairah won’t always be a secret.  

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Things to do in Fujairah

Considering you can drive right round this Emirate in three hours, there’s a lot to do in Fujairah. Travel north to Dibba Fujairah on the border of Oman and cruise the Musandam Peninsula aboard a traditional dhow boat. Visit Kalba Bird of Prey Centre to witness hunting falcons in their natural habitat. Or take a walk along Fujairah Corniche to find the city’s best restaurants. And, on Fridays, make sure you don’t miss the historic Masafi Market, where you’ll find everything from fresh fruit to hand-knotted rugs.

 

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For an overview of the area’s history, browse Fujairah Museum or drop into Fujairah Heritage Village to discover livelier local customs and culture. There are almost too many monuments to see in one holiday, but you should definitely see Al Bithnah Fort and Fujairah Castle. Ancient Al Badiyah Mosque is another must-do, and you have to see the ornate interior of Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Fujairah City. 

 

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Beaches in Fujairah

Brushed by the warm waters of the Gulf of Oman, and almost always framed by stunning mountains, Fujairah’s beaches compare well with the UAE’s finest. If you’re up for doing nothing but sunbathing, Fujairah City’s Umbrella Beach is the one for you. Legendary Al Aqah Beach in the north is a must for the views alone. But, as an added perk, it also has great watersports and waterfront restaurants. Or pick bohemian Sambraid Beach for pretty seashell scattered shores, super-soft sand and a laidback barefoot atmosphere.

 

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When you fancy a touch of luxury, head for sleek Lava Beach Club at the Fairmont Hotel in Suwayfah, just north of Fujairah City. With a Mediterranean vibe, this place has comfy sun loungers and private cabanas, long cocktails, huge swimming pools – if you want a change from the ocean – and events all year round. 

 

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Activities in Fujairah

Fujairah holidays are great for activities. You can even go wild swimming in quite a few of the wadis here and, if you’re up more of an adventure, a guided hike in the Hajar Mountains is an unforgettable experience. Alternatively, the stunning mountain roads which let you explore so easily by car, are equally peaceful and safe for cycling.

 

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Of course, fun watersports like banana boat rides, paddle-boarding and parasailing are up for grabs on several of Fujairah’s beautiful beaches. Snoopy Island, just off the coast of Al Aqah, is a paradise for keen snorkelers. With transparent waters, dramatic rock formations and tropical marine life – ranging from sea turtles to Arabian Angelfish – this place is a sensational diving spot. Or, when you want to go kayaking, why not float through the mountains at Al Rafisah Dam?

 

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Best time to visit Fujairah

Fujairah’s mountainous landscape and easterly location make it the rainiest Emirate. But wet weather in the UAE is nothing compared to most places, so even a Fujairah holiday in March – the wettest month of the year – is unlikely to be ruined by rain.

As with most Emirates, Fujairah is ideal for winter holidays. Temperatures from November to April are seldom less than 25°C or higher than 30°C, and the sun shines constantly. Evenings can be quite cool in December and January, but water temperatures are always comfortable for swimming. The weather is perfect for hitting the beach, and not too hot for climbing, hiking, cycling or touring around.

 

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Between May and October, it gets very hot in Fujairah. Daytime temperatures of 42°C aren’t unusual and it’s not much cooler in the evening. And, as with other places in the UAE, life here runs at a slower pace during the holy month of Ramadan – so it’s worth checking the dates if you’re planning to visit Fujairah in late spring.   

 

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Things to do

Things to do in Fujairah

Considering you can drive right round this Emirate in three hours, there’s a lot to do in Fujairah. Travel north to Dibba Fujairah on the border of Oman and cruise the Musandam Peninsula aboard a traditional dhow boat. Visit Kalba Bird of Prey Centre to witness hunting falcons in their natural habitat. Or take a walk along Fujairah Corniche to find the city’s best restaurants. And, on Fridays, make sure you don’t miss the historic Masafi Market, where you’ll find everything from fresh fruit to hand-knotted rugs.

 

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Show Less

For an overview of the area’s history, browse Fujairah Museum or drop into Fujairah Heritage Village to discover livelier local customs and culture. There are almost too many monuments to see in one holiday, but you should definitely see Al Bithnah Fort and Fujairah Castle. Ancient Al Badiyah Mosque is another must-do, and you have to see the ornate interior of Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Fujairah City. 

 

Show More
Show Less

Beaches

Beaches in Fujairah

Brushed by the warm waters of the Gulf of Oman, and almost always framed by stunning mountains, Fujairah’s beaches compare well with the UAE’s finest. If you’re up for doing nothing but sunbathing, Fujairah City’s Umbrella Beach is the one for you. Legendary Al Aqah Beach in the north is a must for the views alone. But, as an added perk, it also has great watersports and waterfront restaurants. Or pick bohemian Sambraid Beach for pretty seashell scattered shores, super-soft sand and a laidback barefoot atmosphere.

 

Show More
Show Less

When you fancy a touch of luxury, head for sleek Lava Beach Club at the Fairmont Hotel in Suwayfah, just north of Fujairah City. With a Mediterranean vibe, this place has comfy sun loungers and private cabanas, long cocktails, huge swimming pools – if you want a change from the ocean – and events all year round. 

 

Show More
Show Less

Activities

Activities in Fujairah

Fujairah holidays are great for activities. You can even go wild swimming in quite a few of the wadis here and, if you’re up more of an adventure, a guided hike in the Hajar Mountains is an unforgettable experience. Alternatively, the stunning mountain roads which let you explore so easily by car, are equally peaceful and safe for cycling.

 

Show More
Show Less

Of course, fun watersports like banana boat rides, paddle-boarding and parasailing are up for grabs on several of Fujairah’s beautiful beaches. Snoopy Island, just off the coast of Al Aqah, is a paradise for keen snorkelers. With transparent waters, dramatic rock formations and tropical marine life – ranging from sea turtles to Arabian Angelfish – this place is a sensational diving spot. Or, when you want to go kayaking, why not float through the mountains at Al Rafisah Dam?

 

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Fujairah

Fujairah’s mountainous landscape and easterly location make it the rainiest Emirate. But wet weather in the UAE is nothing compared to most places, so even a Fujairah holiday in March – the wettest month of the year – is unlikely to be ruined by rain.

As with most Emirates, Fujairah is ideal for winter holidays. Temperatures from November to April are seldom less than 25°C or higher than 30°C, and the sun shines constantly. Evenings can be quite cool in December and January, but water temperatures are always comfortable for swimming. The weather is perfect for hitting the beach, and not too hot for climbing, hiking, cycling or touring around.

 

Show More
Show Less

Between May and October, it gets very hot in Fujairah. Daytime temperatures of 42°C aren’t unusual and it’s not much cooler in the evening. And, as with other places in the UAE, life here runs at a slower pace during the holy month of Ramadan – so it’s worth checking the dates if you’re planning to visit Fujairah in late spring.   

 

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Snoopy Island

One of the most popular places to snorkel, Snoopy Island is just a short sail from beautiful Sandy Beach in the north of Fujairah.

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Fujairah Corniche

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Fujairah Heritage Village

This living museum of local life is the place to learn about Fujairah’s culture, see traditional dance performances, and watch artisans and artists at work.

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Sheikh Zayed Mosque

The grandest mosque in Fujairah City, Sheikh Zayed is famous for its elegant minarets, gorgeous manicured grounds and the astonishing intricacy of its interior.

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Hajar Mountains

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