Fujairah is an Emirate situated on the eastern edge of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). While its neighbours, such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi, sit right on the edge of the Arabian Desert, Fujairah is a distinctly mountainous region that flattens out into golden sands and the warm waters of the Gulf of Oman.
The jagged Hajar mountains and the regions proximity to the Indian Ocean means that much more rainfall, comparatively at least, occurs in Fujairah than one might expect in the UAE. The result is an almost tropical paradise mixed with the benefit of the ever-bright Arabian sun.
Despite being an advanced and industrious city, it still retains a more traditional character than the modern Dubai. This means that a trip here can really open up the history of the region. On a rocky outcrop looking over the city the magnificent Fujairah Fort stands watch. It was built in 1670 as a home and defensive building for the ruling family. It is widely regarded to be the oldest stone building in the region and while it was heavily damaged by British attack in the early 20th century, it has now been beautifully restored.
Further to this, just north of Fujairah City stands the Al-Bidyah Mosque. Having been built sometime in the 15th century it is the oldest intact mosque in the UAE. Constructed out of just mud bricks covered in plaster, it has the sort of simple beauty that that countless seemingly grander structures in the world just cannot compete with. Inside it has a prayer hall decorated with arches and small windows which allow tranquil sunbeams to pass into the chamber.
The polar opposite of this can be found in the Sheikh Ziyeed Mosque which covers a massive area and can accommodate up to 28,000 worshippers. With six 100m high minarets and towering domes, the exterior is wonderfully crafted out of white granite and marble.
You can dive right into the past in the Fujairah Museum as it will open your mind to the lives that have been lived in this region for thousands of years. A collection of artifacts dating back to the early Bronze age are all on display.
A trip to through the rocky hills will take you to Wadi al-Wuraya in which you will find waterfalls falling gracefully into a clear pool. This veritable oasis is probably not something you would expect to find in the blistering heat of the UAE but life can be found here in abundance. Over 100 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians can be found in the area.
On top of all this, Fujairah still contains the luxurious resorts that this part of the Arabian Peninsula has become famous for. The hotels in Fujairah often use traditional Moroccan and Arabian architecture to provide beautiful complexes filled with palm trees, pools, bars and top class restaurants. On the outside of the hotel you will likely find a path to glorious beaches which lead out into some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving sites in the region. So be prepared for an underwater adventure of a lifetime.
Less well-known than its illustrious neighbours, Fujairah is one of the United Arab Emirates that retains the charm and character of its traditions amidst the advancement of the city. The architecture is stunning, the landscapes – helped by more frequent rainfall – are beautiful and it is ideal for adventure.
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With the temperatures often reaching well above 40°C, you are going to need to pack sensibly to remain comfortable. Anything bulky, thick or heavy should certainly be left at home in favour lightweight clothes. Cotton or linen is your best option as they are breathable fabrics.
Remember that collared shirts, hats and sunglasses will all be necessary to defend your eyes and skin against the strong sun. Plenty of sun cream of a high factor is also essential.
Make sure you have some sturdy shoes with you so that you can take advantage of the natural sights that this mountainous region has to offer. Of course, a camera with multiple memory cards should be brought to capture all the wonders of the trip. Remember to bring some more conservative clothes for when you visit the cultural and religious sites of the region so that you respect the local customs.
Unlike its fellow Emirates, Fujairah is a mountainous region. This means it sees the most rainfall in the UAE with an average of 37mm falling in the wettest month of March.
However, as it is situated on the Arabian Peninsula the rainfall is generally low and the weather to be expected is blue skies and scorching sunshine.
The temperature reaches averages of 40°C and above between the months of May and October. Whilst the average temperature can fall to as low as 25°C in January and February, it is the locals rather than the tourists who consider this to be low.
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