. Abu Dhabi is the capital, the largest and richest state, where oil reserves will last for roughly 100-150 years. Fujairah, on the other hand, is a "poor relation" where there was absolutely no oil.
We didn't take a group tour in Abu Dhabi, instead we took a bus and drove around the city.
It was clean, spacious, modern, and comfortable.
Every time I look at this building, I begin to feel a toothache. The engineers involved in its construction are incredibly smart people; this building stands and does not fall.
But the pearl of Abu Dhabi is not this building, but, of course, a stunning and newly built mosque of white marble with 82 domes - Sheikh Zayed Mosque - one of the largest in the world and the largest in the UAE.
My sister has been inside this mosque, so you can get acquainted with the interior through her own article about the Sheikh Zayed White Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
There is no such splendor and wealth in Fujairah as there is in the Al Badiyah Mosque (or Ottoman Mosque), which is considered the oldest mosque in the Emirates.
Fujairah ("a poor relation") is the youngest emirate. It is bordered in the north by the Al Hajar Mountains, and in the south by the neighboring country of Oman. Fujairah is the only emirate that has no access to the coast of the Persian Gulf, and the only one of all the emirates overlooking the Indian Ocean.
Fujairah is not particularly rich in attractions, but there is Fujairah Fort in the old part of the city. It is a massive stone fortress, built in 1670 - a truly powerful fortification, that many times defended the city from attacks. It was last attacked by shells from the British in 1925. The fortress has since been restored, and now this massive stone construction is a remarkable monument of medieval defense architecture.
A new open-air museum was being constructed (during our visit) near the fort. Not everything was ready, but we could see old huts - how they used to look (pretty recently, by the way) - before the Europeans taught the locals to build houses made of clay and cover the roofs with straw.
There is also the "Friday Market" along the road in the mountains. Friday because, previously, it had worked only on Fridays. Now, the market is open every day. To be honest, I did not initially understand the charm of this place, but we drove around purposefully for quite a while. Our guide mentioned that buses with tourists go here in caravans, even from Dubai - they go to this market for carpets. Perhaps, half of the tourists from our bus bought carpets. The price of a carpet was $100 for a 3x4 piece (in the year 2010).