Fujairah is a modern, industrious city that is the main settlement of the east coast. The emirate is separated from the rest of the United Arab Emirates by the jagged line of the Hajar Mountains. Although the city itself is a grid pattern of high-rise office blocks, much pride and fine restoration work has been put into the few historic monuments – the Al-Bidyah Mosque and Fujairah Fort being two excellent sightseeing highlights worth a visit here.
Key points of interest in Fujairah include the mud-brick Al-Bidyah Mosque is the oldest in the UAE and was named after the town that once surrounded it. The site surrounding the mosque has been excavated to reveal that it has been inhabited for 4,000 years. The fort is also considered as the oldest in the UAE and was previously used both as a defensive building and a home for the ruling family. Fujairah is also home to the second biggest mosque in UAE, with the modern Sheikh Zayed Mosque covering a site the size of three football pitches and boasts six minarets 100 m high. The mammoth prayer hall has space for 32,000 worshippers. Stunning beaches, relaxing hot springs and traditional mountain villages also make Fujairah a must visit!
Weather wise, Fujairah reaches an average high of 43 degrees in the summer, remaining hot and humid throughout the year. Winter months bring more comfortable temperatures and minimal rainfall.
The smallest of the 7 emirates, Ajman offers you a low-key, less commercialised version of the Middle East. Palm tree lined and sandy, it offers a good value for money holiday.
The Corniche, the magnet for most tourists, will undoubtedly be filled with stalls, barbeques and other items of interest. A trip to the beach is also called for, situated on the Persian gulf, you’ll find the water warm and clear. Perfect for a dip.
Like most tourist destinations you’ll be able to go on different excursions. Such as boat cruises and diving. Ajman prides itself on its wonderful array of cuisines. There are many fish restaurants, and also many that are Indian. You can also source traditional Ajman food at most local outlets.
One of the main attractions is the Ajman Museum, an 18th century fort that previously served as a rulers residence. It is now home to many artefacts and explanations around Ajman’s history. It’s a must see.