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Fujairah

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Best Time: September -December and January to March Read More

Ideal duration: 2 days

Nearest Airport: Fujairah International Airport Check Flights

"A cultural business hub"

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Calm and serene, the Emirate of Fujairah is a picturesque beach town tucked away from the fast-paced city life. A busy city lined with business skyscrapers and beautiful mountains and beaches, it is known to be a peaceful retreat for locals and travellers. 

Primarily a business centre and commercial hub of U.A.E, the city oozes charm with its natural raw beauty. It is separated from the rest of the U.A.E because of the massive Hajar Mountains and offers an enchanting landscape and a simple lifestyle. Carrying on with its rich cultural heritage, the city is a fascinating combination of a 70km long sandy coastline and lofty mountain ranges.

The sunny beaches of the emirate support 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. 

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Nightlife in Fujairah

Fujairah houses numerous nightclubs and bars that are open all night serving an exotic range of drinks along with pulsating music. Most of them serve both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Here's a list of the best places for nightlife in Fujairah:
  • McGettigan's Fujairah
  • Ratsky
  • Manila Beats
  • Joe's Sports Bar
  • Irish Sports Corner
  • Tropicana bar
  • Zorba Lounge
  • Astro Rooftop Bar
  • Fez bar
There are few all-women clubs offering great safety for their guests like:
  • Aces bar
  • Tabu 

Shopping in Fujairah

Shopping in Fujairah is full of unlimited options from window-shopping to real shopping at malls and local souqs. With a 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. Here are the best places to go shopping in Fujairah:
  • Masafi Market: Tourists can buy handicrafts, antiques, pottery and souvenirs at the discounted rate provided you hone up your haggling skills.
  • Safeer Market: It is similar to 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 City Centre: Buy everything one could need in the comfort of an air-conditioned mall which includes a massive food court, cinemas and children's activity areas. 

Currency in Fujairah

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 outlets.

Money Exchange in Fujairah

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 centres. ATM machines are readily available in the city at various points.

Top Currency Exchange Bureaus in Fujairah:
1. Al Ansari Exchange, Hamad Bin Abdullah Road
2. UAE Exchange, Next to Carrefour

History of Fujairah

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 Ma'areb Dam collapsed, and thus descended the Sharqis Tribe in the region. With some of the major excavations made in the region, Fujairah in the early ages was known as the 'land of the sea giants'. In fact, some of the unearthed items indicate the man's presence in Fujairah region going as back as Iron Age.

Fujairah Customs

Traditional Attire

Arabs are very particular about their dress code, which is followed almost similarly throughout the United Arab Emirates. 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. Some women also cover their faces with a thin black veil.

How Tourists Should Respect Fujairah Customs

As a tourist, one is expected to respect the general culture and etiquettes. Foreigners are free to practice their religion and dress in a liberal manner as long as it is modest and does not reveal too much skin. Public display of affection is not accepted anywhere in U.A.E, although the presence of people from various ethnic groups has to lead the acceptation of other social customs such as a man and a woman holding hands. However, it is advised to avoid any such practices just to be cautious. Photography of tourist places are allowed but be polite to ask permission to photograph local people. Tipping is also widely practised in Fujairah but it is not obligatory in any form.

Religion of Fujairah

Islam

Language of Fujairah

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 the 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:
  • Hi: Salam
  • Good Morning: Sabah el kheer
  • Welcome: Marhaba
  • Thank you: shukran
  • Good night: Tosbeho ala khair
  • Goodbye: Ma salama

Restaurants and Local Food in Fujairah

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, koftas, falafel and kebabs are among the favourite local dishes. There are also fast food outlets as well such as KFC, McDonald's and more.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Drive to Fujairah from one of the Emirates, check into one of the many fantastic hotels in the Emirate. Visit the Fujairah Fort and Village, the Al Bidyah Mosque which is the UAE's oldest mosque. Then end the day by visiting the Sheikh Zayed mosque during sunset for a beautiful sight of the mosque. Spend the night by the Fujairah corniche and dine at some of the best eateries around the area. 

Day 2: Spend the morning engaging in some exciting water sports at the beach. Go snorkelling, diving and explore Fujaira's beautiful Wadi's

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