Itinerary to visit Fujairah
The emirate of Fujairah is relatively easy to visit thanks to this itinerary and offers a varied palette of sites to see and activities to do. We will propose in this article a road trip from Dubai. This circuit is a loop that can be done on a weekend of two days.
Map of the Emirate of Fujairah, with the location of major tourist attractions (United Arab Emirates) ©OpenStreetMap contributors
The tour of the emirate of Fujairah that we propose can be done in both ways, although we recommend that you do it in the direction indicated, which allows to start with cultural sites, then natural, and finally to rest at the edge of the sea. It is essential to have a car because outside the city of Fujairah, the areas are remote. A city car will do the trick. A 4x4 may be a plus if you want to go off road and explore remote areas.
Some portions of the road are sparsely populated with rare service stations. Fill up on gas and cold drinks. Our advice that you can follow anywhere in the Gulf region: plan ahead and get more water than you need, and when the fuel tank gauge indicates half, fill it up at the first opportunity. .
If you combine the circuit with Hatta, read our directions on crossing the Omani buffer zone and plan a picnic for the first day as there will be few restaurants.
Now enough talk, on the way! Leave the city of Dubai by the E88 highway, which means taking the direction of Sharjah Airport (via the Sheikh Zayed Road E11 highway or the E311). At the airport stay on the same road and continue east directions Al Dhaid, Manama, Masafi, Eastern Region, Fujairah. From the airport, you will reach the Friday Market after about 45 minutes.
Friday Market (Souk Al Juma)
Al Juma Fruit Market, also known as Friday Market, on the road between Dubai and Fujairah, United Arab Emirates ©Odyfolio
Friday Market is locally called Souk Al Juma. Contrary to what its name suggests, it is open every day of the week. You'll spot it easily with its pottery alignments on the right side of the road, then its fruit stalls. Stop for 10 to 20 minutes. Then take the road again. Near the town of Masafi, turn right to follow the E89 road.
Fort Al Bithnah
Fortifications of Fort Al Bathnah in the Emirate of Fujairah ©Odyfolio
From Masafi, after 15 to 20 minutes, you will arrive in view of the village of Al Bithnah. Leave the main road for access, and visit its fort, which once held the keys to the fertile plains of Fujairah. Then return to the main road and continue your way.
Al Hail Castle Towers, in the Emirate of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates ©Odyfolio
Arriving in the outskirts of the city of Fujairah, always take the roundabout points until you reach the City Center shopping area with the Carrefour supermarket. It is a good option to eat comfortably at a low price, with a well-stocked food court. Depending on the timing, do it before or after the visit to Fort Hayl which is a 20 minute drive.
Hotels in Fujairah
We suggest you to take possession of your hotel that you have previously booked in the city of Fujairah and take a break. You can also enjoy the afternoon by visiting the small historical museum of the city, and the fort of Fujairah, unless you prefer to go there the next morning. Note that there is no beautiful beach for sunbathing in the city of Fujairah.
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While waiting for nightfall and the famous zebu fight, you can either rest at your hotel or visit the small historical museum of Fujairah.
Fujairah Fort, United Arab Emirates ©Odyfolio
If you have time, also visit the Fujairah Fort located near the museum. Otherwise, postpone your visit to the next day.
Bullfighting and sunset on the beach
Every Friday evening from 4pm, except during the hottest months, zebus fights (bullfighting) take place near the beaches of the ledge. It's not violent at all, you can bring your children.
Zebu and his breeder at zebu fights in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates ©Odyfolio
The nearby beaches are very lively and authentic at night with ball games and fishermen repairing their nets.
Fishing nets on a beach in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates ©Odyfolio
Going out in Fujairah
The offer of restaurants and places to go out at night is limited to Fujairah, and the sure values stay in the hotels. Note the McGettigan's Pub located next to Fujairah Tennis Academy.
Direction North of the Emirate of Fujairah
The next morning you can visit in Fujairah what you did not have time to see the day before, then take the coastal road direction Khor Fakkan. You will go along gigantic oil installations: do not stop, do not take pictures. The area is ultra-sensitive because it is the only point of export of oil and gas from the UAE on the Indian Ocean, and avoids the strategic Strait of Ormuz.
In Khor Fakkan, Eastern exclave of Sharjah in the Fujairah region, view of the container terminal from the fort museum ©Odyfolio
Khor Fakkan is a territory belonging to the emirate of Sharjah which cuts the emirate in two. You can stroll along the beach in the city center, visit its small fort-museum and have lunch overlooking the sea.
Wadi Al Wurayah
Wadi Wurayah Natural Basin, Emirate of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates ©Odyfolio
Leave Khor Fakkan and continue north. After about fifteen minutes you will arrive in the locality of Zubara, where you have to turn left. A beautiful road follows in the middle of the mountains crossing the wadi bed several times. The water basin of Wadi Al Wurayah is at the end of the road (15 to 20 minutes).
Al Badiyah Mosque and Portuguese Towers
Al Bidiya Mosque in the Emirate of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates ©Odyfolio
Return to the main road at Zubara and head north (left). After 5 minutes, you will see on your left a tourist site consisting of a tiny mosque and guard towers. It is the Al Bidiya Mosque (Al Badiyah Mosque).
Beach hotel in Fujairah
After visiting the mosque, you can continue your itinerary by stopping for one or more nights in one of the hotels with beach access of the emirate of Fujairah. They are all close by continuing north and offer an interesting beach experience different from Abu Dhabi or Dubai. If your time is short, you can also opt to return to Dubai which is 2 hours away.
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After spending at least one night in a beautiful beach hotel, you can extend this route by visiting Ras Al Khaimah or Mussandam in Oman.