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Often overlooked as just a thriving business centre, Fujairah can be the ideal base from which to explore the nearby cultural wonders of Sharjah and the striking modern marvels and shopping lifestyle of Dubai, which thanks to the Sheikh Khalifa highway is only 40 minutes away. On top of these you can bask on the soft golden sands of the Gulf of Oman at any of Fujairah's luxurious beach resorts in Dibba. Do you really need more to entice you there?

Introducing Fujairah

The only one of all United Arab Emirates to feature a coastline solely on the Gulf of Oman and not on the Persian Gulf, the tiny emirate of Fujairah might be one of the smallest but it caters well to visitors with a host of attractions that extend well beyond the beaches.

Many might overlook this as an attractive holiday destination and disregard it as the U.A.E.'s business and commercial hub with office buildings lining the city's main strip at Hama bin Abdullah Road. Yet Fujairah has a blessed waterfront with immaculate beaches plus a host of interesting sightseeing venues and entertainment pursuits for all ages to enjoy.

Interesting cultural highlights: from mosques to castles and forts

You might think an emirate as small as Fujairah may not have much in the way of cultural attractions to entice you, but you'd be terribly wrong! If you want to make culture a focal point of your holiday to Fujairah or you want to get at least a little glimpse of it there are many places to visit.

The most striking and ancient of all monuments is the Al-Bidyah Mosque, the oldest in all of the U.A.E named after the town in which it once stood. The area surrounding it was excavated to reveal it had been inhabited for over 4,000 years! There's also an Islamic graveyard close by, containing a massive tomb that dates back all the way to the Iron Age with artefacts that go all the way back to at least 1000BC– certainly impressive!

In stark contrast to this stands the ultra-modern Sheikh Zayed Mosque – a true work of contemporary art in-keeping with tradition – don't skip it! To admire local architecture in the way of other mosques and fortresses don't miss a visit to the 17th century Fujairah Fort with its surrounding Heritage Village and check out the Bithnah Fort and Al-Hayl Castle.

For a further immersion in culture explore the Fujairah Museum found to the south of the Fujairah Fort.

Outstanding natural attractions: beaches, hot springs and mountains

Of course the reason most people come to Fujairah is to bask on its glorious beaches and indulge in the comfort of ultra luxurious resorts, and with the quality they boast we certainly wouldn't blame you.

But beyond the luring beaches, Fujairah offers plenty other perfectly preserved natural attractions, like the Ain al-Madhab Hot Springs just outside the city, in the foothills of the Hajar Mountains. You can bathe in its naturally warm mineral waters with separate bathing areas for males and females.

It's popular among locals and visitors alike so avoid visiting it on weekends! If you fancy a bit more exploration then visiting the village of Masafi on the edge of the Hajar mountain range will prove most rewarding. It's famous for its excellent local market and yet more natural springs. The ideal place to bargain for antiques, carpets and handicrafts.

Finally if you seek natural beauty in its most splendid form, the area surrounding Fujairah is famous for its many paradisiacal wadis. These valley oases are breathtaking to take in and some of the most stunning include the Wadi Saham, Wadi Siji and Wadi Mai, with Wadi Ham being the longest and Wadi Al Tawain being the most engaging and adventurous for the mountainous route it takes to reach it. To find waterfalls, Wadi al-Wuraya is another popular tourist attraction.

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