For years, the go-to holiday destination in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been the city of Dubai, with its sprawling mega shopping malls, tourist resorts and water theme parks. Arguably the best known internationally of the seven emirates that make up the UAE, it has been in the spotlight in recent years for housing the tallest artificial structure known to man; the Burj Khalifa, a colossus of a skyscraper, stands at over eight hundred metres tall.
A perhaps lesser known holiday destination in the Middle East is the emirate of Fujairah. It is the fifth largest emirate yet one of the least populated out of the seven. Unlike Dubai and Abu Dhabi, which consist primarily of desert land, Fujairah’s landscape is almost entirely mountainous. As such it enjoys more rainfall than the other emirates, allowing for the growth of more lush vegetation.
Never Fear, You Can Still Enjoy a Pint or Two
Although local culture is based largely on upholding the tenets of the religion of Islam, would-be tourists will be happy to know that alcohol isn’t completely outlawed. Though not widely available, alcoholic drinks can always be enjoyed in most high-end establishments such as the Miramar Hotel.
Things to See and How to Get There
This is mostly a business city with not much in the way of sightseeing. Its appeal lies mostly in the major tourist resorts nestled between the mountain ranges and the Indian Ocean. However, interested tourists can pay a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque which is the second largest Mosque in the UAE. Visitors who like to fish may also consider visiting the islands in the Gulf of Oman by boat.
The relatively well developed highway system coupled with poor public transport, make private vehicle or taxi the best way to get around Fujairah. Walking is not recommended as most roads do not have sufficient pavement space. .
The Main Attraction
Fujairah’s main highlights are undoubtedly the many-starred, top notch beachside resorts such as the Miramar Hotel and various others. They combine the best of Arabian culture with all the comforts of the West, to provide a truly opulent experience for the deep-pocketed traveller who can afford to sojourn there.
Compared to better developed tourist meccas like Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, Fujairah still has a long journey ahead in terms of developing tourist attractions and improving local infrastructure. However, being the youngest of the seven emirates, and possessing the unique landscape that it does within the UAE, perhaps all it needs is some more time in order to become a force to be reckoned with.