Fujairah is one of the seven Emirates which make up the UAE and is exceptional in the sense that it is the only one which lies on the coast of Gulf of Oman unlike the other six which flank the Arabian Gulf. Having gained independence from Sharjah in 1952, over the years the region has emerged as a prominent commercial destination due to rapid economic growth and social evolution not to mention its flourishing tourism industry.
While the Fujairah International Airport facilitates connections with most of the well travelled flight routes, it takes two hours by car to reach here from Dubai and likewise a short time from Oman as well since it lies close by. There are regular bus services connecting Fujairah with Dubai, Sharjah and the other Emirates wherein the buses are affordable as well as comfortable.
Fujairah is an exception amongst the other Emirates in more ways than one. Apart from being located on the west coast, it is totally mountainous unlike the arid deserts of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The area also experiences a significantly larger proportion of annual rainfall compared to the rest of the UAE.
There was a time when Fujairah’s economy was dependent on cement, stone crushing and mining activities but commercialization soon became the order of the day through establishment of free trade zones and encouraging construction activity in the area. Shopping in Fujairah is not tourist oriented and apart from a couple of shops which offer souvenirs most of the others sell grocery type items. There are a few restaurants as well which are economically priced and offer delectable Arabian cuisine.