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Fujairah

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Country rank: 5 out of 7 Places To Visit In Uae

Sub-Region: North U.A.E


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Ideal duration: 2-3 days

Best time: September -December and January to March (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Fujairah (Check Flights)

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"Fujairah: A cultural retreat"

Fujairah Tourism

Calm and serene, the Emirates of Fujairah is a picturesque place tucked away from the hustle and bustle of contemporary city life. This youngest emirate is an industrial city settled along the east coast still reflecting an essence of simplicity in its life style.

Separated from rest of the U.A.E through Hajar Mountains, Fujairah offers an enchanting landscape and a simple lifestyle. Carrying on with its rich cultural heritage, the city is a fascinating fusion of 70km long sandy coastline and lofty mountain ranges. It is also offers it tourist with Pandora box full of historical sites. Often regarded as the Arabian Jewel, Fujairah is the only emirate that is not located along the Arabian Gulf. The sunny beaches of the emirate supports several maritime activities including sailing, rowing, water surfing, yachting, deep-sea fishing and swimming almost throughout the year. Fujairah is host to the annual powerboat racing championships. Recently, there has been an increase in the inflow of tourists from Europe, mainly Germany and Russia. Chiefly known as a business center and commercial hub of U.A.E, the city oozes charm with its natural raw beauty.

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Most of the major credit cards are widely accepted in Fujairah via systems like Cirrus and Plus. One can easily use their cards at big departmental or shopping stores, hotels, restaurants and car rental companies. However, cash is widely used for general shopping and eating at outdoor souks and smaller institutions.

Almost all kind of foreign currency of any denomination can be exchanged in Fujairah. One can get the currency exchanged at banks or any authorized money exchange office present at quite a number in the city. The exchange rate may differ from between banks and other centers. ATM machines are readily available in the city at various points.

Islam

Fujairah, like all seven other emirates follow same rules and traditions. Men usually wear dishdasha or kandura, a white full-length shirtdress, which is worn with a white or red checked headdress, known as a ghutrah. An agal, a black cord is used to secure ghutrah. For women, there is black abaya, a loose long robe to cover their usual clothes along with a headscarf known as sheyla, covering them from head to toe. Some women also cover their faces with thin black veil. Tourists are also advised to follow the rules and not to expose much of their skin. However, the western style of dressing is more popular at clubs and bars and limited till there only. Tipping is generally practiced in Fujairah but it is not obligatory in any form.

Arabic is the main language of Fujairah, however, some Arabic schools have started teaching English as a second language, since it is a major business language. With inflow of people from other ethnic groups and religions, one will find some people conversing in their native languages. Some of the Arabic words, which can be useful are al-salam alaykom, meaning hello in English and –Shukran� (way of expressing gratitude) meaning •�thank you� in English.

With a long and vivid past waiting to be explored, Fujairah once served as a home to immigrants from the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula, later on referred to as Phoenicians. Also the immigrants from Yemen called Fujairah their home after the Maêareb Dam collapsed, and thus descended the Sharqis Tribe in the region. With some of the major excavation made in the region, Fujairah in the early ages was known as the •land of the sea giantsê. In fact, some of the unearthed items indicate the manês presence in Fujairah region going as back as Iron Age.

Fujairah houses numerous nightclubs and bars that are open all night serving exotic range of drinks along with pulsating music. Most of them serve both alcoholic as well as non-alcoholic drinks. There are few all women club offering great safety for their guests. Aces bar and Tabu are ladies club while Tropicana bar, Zorba Lounge, Astro Rooftop Bar, Fez bar are some of the other major places for party lovers. Most of these clubs and lounges are open until 6:00.

Shopping in Fujairah is full of unlimited options from window-shopping to real shopping at malls and local souqs. With wide range of retail outlets, fancy boutiques and other international brand stores are lined up. One can buy fashion accessories, footwear, clothing, home appliances and much more. Masafi Market is one of the major shopping places for tourists where one can buy handicrafts, antiques, pottery and souvenirs at discounted rate provided you hone up your haggling skills. Another major market in Fujairah is Safeer market, which is more like a traditional Arabian souq selling furniture, special Iranian tea, perfumes and clothing. Also, if flavoured shishas are on your shopping list, the place is full of shops selling all kind of shishas along with some rarely found hookah all over UAE.

Fujairah offers delicious Arab food served at various local restaurants, cafes, and pushcart vendors. Other than their local cuisine, one can also enjoy various other cuisines such as Italian, Persian, Indian, Lebanese etc. There are also several famous sheesha cafes around the city. Shawarma, kofta, falafel and kebabs are among the favourite local dishes. There are also fast food outlets as well such as KFC.


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