Learn more about Fujairah
Fujairah is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and covers an area of 1,166 square kilometers, making it the fifth largest. It is the only emirate to have a coastline solely on the Gulf of Oman and has a population of around 152,000. Contrary to most of the other emirates, Fujairah mainly consists of mountains and consequently sees higher than average rainfall of the UAE.
Rich in history and heritageFujairah joined the UAE on December 2, 1971 as one of the original six and has a rich history to offer. Earlier, the only trade route between Fujairah and the interior UAE and Persian Gulf Coast was the Wadi Ham, a 3,000 year-old route passing through the Hajar Mountains. The emirate is is also home to the oldest mosque in all of the emirates, the Al Badiyah Mosque. Estimated to be built in the 15th century, the mosque was made by using stones and mud bricks from the area surrounding it. Al Badiyah mosque is also known as the Ottoman Mosque.
The most famous attraction is Fujairah Fort, a large castle built in 1670 AD. This defense structure was once the center of Fujairah and is one of the most important and largest forts of the emirate. It is characterized by its position, perched on top of a hill overlooking the city, and it's design.
Engulfed in historyAnother important heritage site is the great tomb at Al Muhallab, a mass graveyard of archeological importance found in the area consisting of two long tombs. Here a number of clay, stone and metal fragments of pottery, dated between the Bronze and Iron age, were unearthed. For an interesting look into the history of the emirate, you can make your way to the Fujairah Museum. It is home to three halls dedicated to the region's past where you can learn more about daily life throughout the ages.
If you want to learn more about the rich history and heritage of the emirate, it awaits only a short journey away when staying at the Radisson Blu Resort, Fujairah. Travelers looking for an adrenaline filled adventure can try out off-roading in the Hajar Mountains or diving into the depths of the Indian Ocean. Whatever your choice, you are in for an enthralling experience.