Driving time: 2hrs 45mins (254km).
Cultural tours, quality diving, relaxing weekends and the UAE’s best sunrises can all be found in Fujairah. Pack your bags and head away for a weekend break sandwiched between the Hajar Mountains and the Indian Ocean. Don’t mind if we do…
Things to do
Take a cultural tour
The Fujairah Fort outdates the formation of the UAE by centuries and has a colourful and proud history. Damaged in the early 20th century by British soldiers, it has since been restored to its former glory and the surrounding area turned into a heritage village that should sit high on your list of must-see sites. While the fort itself rightly dominates photo albums, the neighbouring Fujairah Museum is worthy of exploration and Al Hayl Castle is another excellent attraction that’s worth the 15-minute drive.
If you want a deeper understanding of Emirati heritage, go on a voyage to the oldest mosque in the entire UAE, Al Bidya Mosque Located in a small village in the emirate, the mud and stone-built structure is thought to have been built in the 15th century, but many experts feel its construction dates back even further than that. Apart from some minor restoration work, the mosque has stayed true to its roots, offering visitors a unique insight into the past. As well as its band of faithful worshippers, the mosque attracts thousands of tourists each year.
Al Bidyah Mosque: Take the coastal road north out of Fujairah and past Khor Fakkan until reaching the village of Badiyah.
Go snorkelling at Snoopy Island
It’s not unusual to see turtles, sharks and rays among enormous schools of fish when you get your face wet at Snoopy Island. Most Fujairah hotels offer diving packages in the Indian Ocean. Head to Sandy Beach dive centre for equipment hire and guided dives.
From Dhs50 (snorkelling). Sandy Beach Hotel & Resort, Al Aqaa – Fujairah (051 407 54750).
Explore wadis and mountains
Drag your eyes away from the Indian Ocean and look back inland for views of the imposing mountain backdrop. The craggy peaks and wadis offer the country’s best hiking spots and some amazing scenery. Different to the rolling dunes and pristine beaches, this is rugged and challenging. Tour organiser Absolute Adventure has hiking and dhow cruises available, as well as rock climbing expeditions for those with a head for heights.
Absolute Adventure, 606 SIT Tower, Silicon Oasis, Dubai, www.adventure.ae (04 392 6463).