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Fujairah is a popular tourist destination in the UAE. It is the only emirate that lies to the eastern end of the UAE, along with Gulf of Oman, while the other six emirates are located along the Arabian Gulf.The Hajar Mountains separate Fujairah from the rest of the country.
The clean beaches and the numerous water sports such as water surfing, yachting, swimming and deep sea fishing, draw tourists all-round the year. Fujairah has some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the UAE.
The best time to visit Fujairah is during autumn or spring when the temperature is still hot, but the rains are yet to arrive.
Heritage village is located in the Madhab District of Fujairah City. It houses models of traditional homes, hand-held implements, tools and household instruments used in ancient times by the people of Fujairah. It is surrounded by a high wall topped by watch towers in the front. It is one of the favorite desti¬nations of tourists and visitors.
The museum is centrally located in the city of Fujairah, only five minutes away from Fujairah International Airport. The museum is home to magnificent collection of antiquities that take you back centuries in time. The heritage section of the museum includes instruments, tools and implements, used by the people of Fujairah in the past. The museum also displays a representation of daily life style of the people of Fujairah described in folklore.
Al Bidya Mosque is situated about 31 kilometers north of Fujairah on the coastal road to Dibba. The mosque is considered one of the magnifi¬cent historical places. This is a favorite destination with tourists and visitors. Also known as the Ottoman Mosque is the oldest known mosque in the UAE, dating back to the 15th Century.
Renowned for its unique architectural design, the roof of the mosque has four squat, helical domes that are supported by only one centrally placed pillar that also forms the ceiling. Entrance to the mosque is through double-winged wooden doors.
The Sheikh Zayed Mosque is one of Fujairah’s most prominent new landmarks.
Set amid fountains and palm-dotted gardens on a large property in the heart of Fujairah city, the mosque can accommodate 32 thousand worshippers, making it the second largest mosque in the country.
The mosque's exterior has been constructed of stone, while the building boasts an interior of marble and granite. Six minarets rise 100 meters above 65 cascading domes.
Fujairah Fort is located in the northwest side of the old Fujairah village. It is characterized by unique engineering designs, and is the largest and most important fort in the region. The fort was built between 1500 - 1550 AD, and then re-built be¬tween1650-1700 AD and is considered the oldest Fort in the UAE. The fort is made of rocks, mortar, mud and plaster, and is shored up by mangrove poles. Its roof is made of palm fronds and trunks. It covers an area of 610 square meters, and features circular watch towers, one each facing the sea, the town and the mountains - and one main, square-shaped tower, known as a Murabaa. Each tower reaches more than 2.5 meters above the top of the walls. It had served as a home for the ruling family.
Masafi is a village located on the edge of the Hajar Mountains in Fujairah. The name Masafi is Arabic for pure water and is well known for its natural springs.
The Masafi Friday Market or Souq al Juma, as it is known locally is open sevendays a week, not just Friday.
This is a street market found on the Dubai-Fujairah highway. The main items to bargain for are rugs, earthenware, antiques and souvenirs. This is a great place to buy carpets, mats, etc.
The market offers a wide range of products like fruits, vegetables, plants, toys, musical instruments, furniture and carpets. It is also famous for handcrafted rugs and antiques. Locally made pottery. Several nurseries in the market sell bedding plants and trees.
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