10 things to do in Fujairah
What are the best places to explore and things to do in Fujairah? Check out this post to get a list of the top 10 things you can add to your bucket list!
Fujairah is one of the seven Emirates and occupies the UAE’s eastern coast. Fujairah city is the central, modern, and industrial town in the Hajar Mountain Region. The place offers a myriad of tourist attractions and world-class amenities/services. If you want to know about the best things to do in Fujairah, you are in the right place. Let’s get started.
1. Sheikh Zayed Mosque
There are many mosques in Fujairah. However, Sheikh Zayed is one of Fujairah’s most modern Islamic infrastructures and architectural buildings. It is a large mosque with six minarets. Each minaret is 100 meters high and adds considerable charm to the structure.
The spacious prayer hall of Sheikh Zayed Mosque can accommodate more than 32,000 worshipers. Non-Muslims can enter the mosque and explore the beautiful interior décor, including the Moorish-style arches and grand chandeliers.
2. Fujairah Fort
Fujairah Fort is one of the oldest buildings in the UAE. Previously, the fort served as a home for the ruling family and a defensive building to protect the town against enemies. There are three major sections in the fort. These are one square tower, several halls, and two round towers.
The local government has made substantial efforts to restore the fort’s former glory. Make sure you visit the fort with your family to learn about the local history and culture. Fujairah Fort is an integral part of the heritage village designed and operated by the Department of Archeology.
3. Al-Bidyah Mosque
Al-Bidyah is another mosque to visit in Fujairah. It is 35 kilometers from the central city and is located in the northern region. It is one of the oldest mosques in the UAE, named after the town surrounding the structure in yesteryears. In addition, the mosque has a beautiful prayer hall with eye-catching interior décor.
It also has remarkably decorated arches that feature ventilated openings and mihrab. We recommend exploring the massive tomb located on the northern side of the mosque. The tomb dates back to the Iron Age. Similarly, you will see metal arrowheads, pottery fragments, artwork, and artifacts dating back to 1,000 BC. The place is a must-visit for art and culture enthusiasts.
4. Hajar Mountains
The Hajar Mountains are the most visited place in Fujairah, thanks to the picturesque views, cooler temperatures, and exquisite scenery, allowing you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty.
Not only do you explore the rich cultural heritage and experience the scenic beauty of the region, but you also achieve peace of mind and connect your mind, body, and soul. So, if you are looking for something calming, visit the Hajar Mountains away from the bustling city.
5. Madhab Hot Springs Park
Madhab Hot Springs Park is a famous tourist attraction in Fujairah. The mineral springs in Ain Al-Madhab produce warm water due to sulfuric reactions. The sulfuric water is pumped into two pools surrounded by a lush green park. The place is perfect for families looking to enjoy picnics, BBQs, and games. There is also a children’s playground area, allowing kids to have fun.
6. Masafi Market
Masafi Market has many stalls on the main road located on the edge of Fujairah City. The place is famous for buying local, fresh, and organic products. However, you can also purchase traditional carpets, local handicrafts, earthenware pottery, souvenirs, and artworks. Numerous stores in Masafi Market also sell Arabian-style clothes and garments.
7. Fujairah Museum
If you want to learn about the local history and culture, head to the Fujairah Museum, a perfect place to explore a wide selection of artifacts that dates back to the Bronze Age. In addition, you can browse ancient objects and ruins unearthed during archeological digs at Bithnah.
The museum showcases the Bronze and Iron Age painted pottery, soapstone vessels, ancient weapons, and silver coins used in the pre-Islamic era. Take a guided tour to go through each museum section quickly and in an organized manner.
8. Al Aqah
Al Aqah is famous for the sun and sand of Fujairah Emirate, boasting a beautiful beach with picturesque views of the Rocky Mountains, Snoopy Island, and crystal clear water. The place is perfect for sunbathing and watersport lovers.
Likewise, if you are a sun lounger, you can visit Al Aqah and soothe your mind, body, and soul. Paddleboarding, snorkeling, diving, and jet skiing are popular outdoor activities in Al Aqah for adventure enthusiasts.
9. Bithnah Fort
Bithnah Fort was built in the early 18th century and served as an important defense line for the region against enemies. When you visit the Bithnah Fort, the fantastic architecture and 18th-century construction will leave you in awe.
You will see the golden-stoned walls with bulky and thick frames, explore the amazing construction of circular watch water, and enjoy the mesmerizing views of countryside landscapes with spectacular mountain scenery.
10. Wadi al-Wurayah
Wadi Al Wurayah is located in the northern region of Fujairah. Thanks to its unique ecology and picturesque views, it is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Most people visit the place to enjoy the scenic route in the mountains. Hiking and trekking are popular activities for adventure enthusiasts in Wadi Al Wurayah.
Although Fujairah is not as famous as Dubai and Abu Dhabi, it has many beautiful places to explore and numerous things to do, from enjoying scenic beaches and visiting archeological sites to browsing pre-Islamic artifacts in museums and relishing the picturesque views of the Hajar Mountains. Until Next Time!
- Article based on personal opinion, experience and research.
- Photos from Unsplash & canva.