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Emirate of Fujairah, one of the seven emirates forming the United Arab Emirates, witnessed a rapid rate of economic and social development and tourism activities under the wise guidance of H.H.Sheikh Hamad Bin Mohammad Al Sharqi, Supreme Council member and ruler of Fujairah. After the emirate had completed its infrastructure, it set out to implement its ambitious development plan to achieve the ideal exploitation of its resources and to extend the base of industrial, commercial, and agricultural production
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History

The historical importance of Fujairah goes back to the period that preceded birth of the Christ (peace be upon him), it was known in the old ages as land of the sea giants, and was the first home for immigrants who came from the southeast of Arabian Peninsula and who were later known as the Phoenicians. Emirate of Fujairah lies on the eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula, bordered from the east by Omani coast, from the west by emirates of Ras Al Khaimah and Sharjah, from the south Kalba and it faces Omani coast. Fujairah extends 70 km. on the Gulf of Oman from Ousla village to Dibba to the north. Total area of Fujairah is 1450 sq.km; made of varying heights mountains and hills, plains, cast, oasis and desert areas. The climate in Fujairah is semi tropical with varying temperature, rare rain, high level of evaporation and varying degree of humidity.
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Getting Around Fujairah

By plane

While Fujairah has an airport, it is closed to passenger aviation at the present time. Airborne visitors will arrive at one of the western Emirates.

By train

There are no trains operating in the UAE.

By car

Fujairah is roughly 2 hours by car from Dubai and the trip is on sealed roads throughout.

It is also quite easy to reach Fujairah from nearby Oman, as the border is very close.

Note: Fujairah is in UAE, which is separate from Oman (two countries), although they belong to the group known as GCC Countries. Visitors must have separate visas for Oman and UAE in order to move from one to the other by car or any other mode of travelling.

By bus

Buses run reguarly from Dubai and other Emirates. Fujairah has something of a reputation as a vacation spot in the Emirates, which should equate to reliable bus coverage.

Bus services are available from Dubai to Sharjah, from where a traveller must take the Fujairah bus. The bus service bound for Fujairah from Sharjah operates every hour. The bus service is comfortable and inexpensive. As UAE is an Islamic country, male and female travellers have separate seating areas(females in the front two to three rows and males in the remaining seats.

By Taxi

Taxis run from Fujairah (next to the old cinema) to Dubai and Sharjah. A shared taxi to downtown Dubai (Deira taxi stand) costs around $7 and they go as soon as the car is full. An unshared one costs about $28 but it depends on where you want to go in Dubai. Add another $15 if you want to go the Marina area where all the tourist hotels are. Beware - metered taxis from Dubai to Fujairah are twice the price.

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Tourist Sites

fujairah fortFujairah Fort, built in 1670, was badly damaged by a British in the early 20th C. Considered the oldest fort in the UAE, it has served as a defensive building and a home for the ruling family.

The Fujairah Fort is a mud brick structure with three major sections, several halls, one square tower and two round towers. The fort has been renovated and restored to its former glory. For many centuries it was the only stone building along the Fujairah coast.

Located on a hill at the edge of date gardens, the Fujairah Fort is surrounded by the remains of some old town houses.
 
al bidya mosqueAl Bidyah Mosque is the oldest in the United Arab Emirates dating back 10 1446. The engineering features are a major accomplishment for the period of construction. The mosque was named for the historical town that embraced it for so many centuries. It is also known as the Ottoman Mosque, for the man who built it.

Al Bidyah Mosque, north of Fujairah, consists of a prayer hall with a prayer niche or Mihrab, pulpit, arches and openings. A central pillar divides the internal space in to four squares of similar dimensions. The pillar supports all four domes that can bee seen from the exterior.
 
fujairah  museumThe Fujairah Museum is located south of the Fort, opposite the Ruler's Palace. Displays at the Fujairah Museum include artifacts found in archeological digs at Qidfa and Bithnah. Local and foreign archeologists have uncovered items dating back to early Bronze Age, over 4,500 years ago. Exhibits at the Fujariah Museum include pieces made of bronze, steel, brass, silver and gold. Bronze and Iron Age weapons, painted pottery, carved soapstone vessels and pre-Islamic silver coins. The latest addition to the displays is Herbs and Folkloric Medicine. An exquisite discovery in Qadfaa during archeological excavations is an ostrich's egg dating back 2200 years. The egg was used by local ancestors as a bowl and is still in very good condition.
 

Fujairah Heritage VillageThe Heritage Village in Fujairah presents the traditional way of life for residents of the Emirates. Traditional houses, cooking utensils, farming tools and the Al Yazrah irrigation system, used for irrigating fields with a working bull are displayed.

Heritage Village contains the Fujairah fortress and other ancient buildings, which were used by the Ruler's family. The Department of Archeology and Heritage in Fujairah has renovated the fortress, constructed a wall of mud around the area and built a theatre that can accommodate more than 3,000 spectators. The wall is made with the same materials as the fortress.

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