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Fujairah, UAE

The easternmost of the United Arab Emirates, Fujairah is the only Emirate not to have a coastline along the Persian Gulf. It is also the youngest of the Emirates, only becoming independent from Sharjah in 1952.

The emirate of Fujairah covers approximately 1,166 km2, or about 1.5% of the area of the UAE, and is the fifth-largest emirate in the UAE. 
Fujairah is the only emirate of the UAE that is almost completely mountainous. 
The weather is seasonal, although it is warm most of the year. The months of December to March are generally the coolest, with daytime temperatures averaging around 25 °C (77 °F) and rarely venturing above 30 °C (86 °F)—with temperatures climbing to over 40 °C (104 °F) degrees in the summer. The winter period also coincides with the rainy season and although by no means guaranteed, this is when Fujairah experiences the bulk of... Read more

Fujairah, UAE

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The easternmost of the United Arab Emirates, Fujairah is the only Emirate not to have a coastline along the Persian Gulf. It is also the youngest of the Emirates, only becoming independent from Sharjah in 1952.

The emirate of Fujairah covers approximately 1,166 km2, or about 1.5% of the area of the UAE, and is the fifth-largest emirate in the UAE. 
Fujairah is the only emirate of the UAE that is almost completely mountainous. 
The weather is seasonal, although it is warm most of the year. The months of December to March are generally the coolest, with daytime temperatures averaging around 25 °C (77 °F) and rarely venturing above 30 °C (86 °F)—with temperatures climbing to over 40 °C (104 °F) degrees in the summer. The winter period also coincides with the rainy season and although by no means guaranteed, this is when Fujairah experiences the bulk of its precipitation. Rainfall is higher than the rest of the UAE, partly because of the effect of the mountains that encircle the Emirate, and partly because the prevailing winds are easterly bringing with them water-laden clouds off the warm Indian Ocean.

The variability of the east coast climate is partly due to the presence of the Hajjar mountain range. As with other mountainous areas, precipitation is higher, and this allows for a more varied micro-environment in the area. Tourist visitor numbers peak just before the school summer months.

 


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Fujairah, UAE: Port Information


Cruise liners dock at the Port of Fujairah, where shuttles can deliver travelers to the gate (for free). The city center is about five miles away.
You'll find many taxis near the port.

Get around Fujairah, UAE


Fujairah city itself is most emphatically not designed for pedestrians, being dominated by main roads. Thankfully, taxis, which have been completely changed to a new fleet of Nissan Altimas and Toyota Camrys, are metered and are plentiful. In fact, visitors attempting to walk around the city will attract horn tooting from taxi drivers, who seriously cannot believe that anyone would choose to walk.

 

What to see in Fujairah, UAE


Despite its location, there is very little to see in Fujairah city. The city is a business center first and foremost, with none of the enticing atmospheres of the other large cities of the UAE.
Of some interest is the fort, located just outside the city itself. The main structure is still undergoing renovations, but visitors may walk around the reasonably large site (for free). Compared to other forts in the UAE, though, Fujairah Fort is a poor cousin; however, there is a museum too (closed on Fridays) and the reconstruction of the heritage village is well on its way.

What to do in Fujairah, UAE


While the Indian Ocean is enticingly close, some parts of the beach would not seem to be a good option to swim at. However, Dibba Al-Fujairah which is 30km far from Fujairah city would be a good choice, where you can enjoy the sunny beaches and you can practice any sea activity you like. One more interesting thing to do is that you can make a boat trip to one of many islands that lie in the Gulf of Oman, a really wonderful place to visit and a good place for fishing.
All things considered, Fujairah is probably more suited as a base from which to go on excursions to the surrounding areas (most of which are enclaves of Sharjah), rather than doing anything much else. The city is growing in stature as a business destination, particularly where oil is concerned, but tourism remains somehow significantly behind.

What to eat and drink in Fujairah, UAE


Eat

Budget

Gulf Flower Bakery sells good falafel sandwiches and other bits and pieces.

Mid-range

The al-Meshwar restaurant is located in the center of the city in a whimsical-looking building and features a ground-floor "cafe" serving the regional staples (shawarma, felafel etc.) and shishas. Above that is the main restaurant, which serves good-quality Lebanese fare.
A franchise of the Persian restaurant chain Sadaf is also to be found in the city. The decor is rather startling (including a waterfall in the middle of the dining room), but the food is of a good standard.

Drink

There are no local specialties as far as drink goes, which means that the usual collection of water, juices, tea, coffee, and soft drinks are readily available.
Alcohol is mostly only available within top-quality hotels. Cheaper alternatives include the Fujairah Marine Club on the corniche and Fujairah Beach Motel, which also has a retail "hole-in-the-wall." You'll have to ask as it's hidden away a bit.
The best value drinks in town are to be had in the pub at the Tennis and Country Club (go on a Tuesday and you get karaoke too).

Shopping in Fujairah, UAE


The local souk tends to sell products for residents (plants, spices etc.) rather than tourist merchandise. A smaller souk is open along the Corniche in the evenings, but its main focus is on generic goods - and copies of brand-name items.
For souvenirs, most top-level hotels have at least one gift shop with the customary array of items. Prices are not negotiable and tend to the higher end of the spectrum.
  • LuLu Mall Fujairah opened in 2014. 
  • Fujairah City Centre opened in April 2012 with 105 units along with Century Mall near the Fujairah Ports.
  • The construction of the Fujairah mall has also been completed in 2016.
  • Fathima Shopping Center in Fujairah is another favorite affordable shopping destination.

Safety in Fujairah, UAE


The customary cautions regarding drivers in the UAE apply in Fujairah as well. Road rules are understood to exist, but drivers will tend to take risks which would seem borderline-suicidal to many visitors. Additionally, bear in mind that most roads are multi-lane in each direction in the city, which may well mean that a taxi or one's own car is the best bet here. Additionally, where the trip meter is either not present or "not working", agree on the fare before starting the trip.

Language spoken in Fujairah, UAE


Arabic is the national language. English is widely spoken. 

LOCAL TIME

11:02 am
October 22, 2019
Asia/Dubai

CURRENT WEATHER

30.62 °C / 87.116 °F
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Wed

29.72 °C/85 °F
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Thu

29.57 °C/85 °F
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Fri

29.83 °C/86 °F
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Sat

29.1 °C/84 °F
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