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Jan 3, 2022

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: it only became independent from Sharjah in 1952.

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While Fujairah has an airport, it is closed to commercial aviation. Airborne visitors will arrive at one of the western emirates.

Trains only operate in Dubai.

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. 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.

Buses run regularly between Dubai and Fujairah (around one every hour during the day and evening); the cost is 25 dirham one way (tickets to be bought from the ticket window before boarding).

The bus service is comfortable. Women, couples and families sit in the front two to three rows, and males in the remaining seats.

Buses leave from Union Square in Dubai, and from the old Plaza Cinema/HSBC in Fujairah (stopping at the bus station on the way out of town, where passengers need to disembark to buy their tickets before re-boarding).

Taxis run from Fujairah (next to the old cinema) to Dubai and Sharjah. A shared taxi to downtown Dubai (Deira taxi stand) costs around US$7 and they go as soon as the car is full. An unshared one costs about US$28 but it depends on where you want to go in Dubai. Add another US$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.

Fujairah city is not designed for pedestrians, being dominated by main roads. The fleet of Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry taxis are metered, and are plentiful. Fares start at 2 dirham during the day (2.50 at night). Visitors attempting to walk around the city will attract horn tooting from taxi drivers, who seriously cannot believe that anyone would choose to walk.

  • Al Bidya Mosque – is the oldest existing mosque in the UAE, built in 1450 of mud and brick. It is on the way from Fujairah city to Dibba and after crossing the city of Khorfakhan. It is at the foot of a small hill with an ancient watchtower. An interesting site for those who like to experience the past world. It is a favourite place for foreign and domestic tourists. It is possible for non-Muslims to go inside this Mosque. Women (also men in shorts) must dress up to enter. The staff provides you with appropriate clothing and headscarves. The two ancient watch towers are also worth climbing up for a view.
  • Fujairah Fort – in the central of the city, overseeing the whole city of Fujairah and 3 km away from the coast, built in around 1500 – 1550 AD and originally constructed to defend and to repeal invaders, an immaculately kept relic from centuries ago, preserved without embellishment so you can really get a sense of what it was like all those years ago, as well as leaving plenty of towers and turrets open for you to explore of your own accord. Staff on site giving out guidebooks for free.
  • Fujairah Museum – next to the Fujairah Fort. Hosts many relics on show from the archaeological excavations, which have taken place in and around the area. The permanent exhibition includes coins, farm instruments, weapons and pottery. Entry is 5 dirham.
  • Sheikh Zayed Mosque – A smaller version of Abu Dhabi‘s Grand Sheikh Zayed Mosque, following similar structure and construction.

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