120 km from Dubai, the Emirate of Fujairah is the only one bordering the Gulf of Oman. A geographical position that offers idyllic beaches, but also breathtaking landscapes made of mountains and hills. The historical aspect is not to be outdone, since Fujairah is full of mosques and fortresses. Follow the guide!
History and culture
Like an open-air museum, the emirate of Fujairah is a concentration of historical sites. Forts, mosques and ancient dwellings provide a precious testimony to the cultural heritage of the UAE. If you want to be in the spotlight as soon as you arrive, head for Fort Al Bithnah. Nestled in the heart of a lush palm grove, the stone building connects the desert to the fertile plains. Access the upper floors and enjoy breathtaking views of the wadi, date palms and surrounding mountains. Not many people venture there, so with any luck, the fortress will be all yours! To keep you going, there’s another fort worth visiting, Al Hayl’s. Located in the historic site of the same name, the monument stands in the middle of the mountain peaks of Al Hajar and stands next to petroglyphs (drawings engraved in stone) dating back several millennia. Here too, it is possible to climb to the top of the towers to enjoy the panorama.
Then take the road to Bidiya. A small village known to be one of the oldest on the Arabian Peninsula and home to the oldest mosque in the UAE. Built in the 15th century, it comprises an atypical prayer room of 7m² and four domes. Another particularity of the place is the watchtower that stands out at the top of the rocky promontory.
Fujairah is a perfect getaway to diversify your activities. After discovering the cultural richness of the city, make way for its natural jewels. The experience not to be missed? Swimming in the wadis. These ephemeral rivers gush out from the mountains and plains, offering an unforgettable experience. The most accessible is certainly that of Wurayah, thanks to its hiking trails leading to the water source. Less known, and therefore less frequented, the wadi Tayyibah is taking root in a more arid setting. The show is provided upstream, by the road leading to it, lined with fruit trees.
Lazy lovers can laze on the beaches in the north of the territory. In particular, those of Dibba and Dadna, prized for their infrastructure. From the first one, you can reach Snoopy Island. A superb diving spot!