7. Fujairah Museum
Just south of Fujairah Fort, the Fujairah Museum has an excellent collection of artifacts, dating from the early Bronze Age, that were unearthed during archaeological digs at Qidfa and Bithnah. Exhibits include Bronze and Iron Age weaponry, painted pottery, carved soapstone vessels, and pre-Islamic silver coins.
One of the museum's prized pieces, discovered at Qidfa, is a bowl made from ostrich egg dating back 2,200 years. There is also a good ethnography section, with displays of traditional Emirati daily life and craft work.
8. Al-Hayl Castle
Al-Hayl Castle was once used as the headquarters for Fujairah's ruling family. Built approximately 250 years ago, it has played an important role in the area's defense, used as a base for surveillance and patrolling to guard Fujairah from attack. Not much remains today-the original fortifications have long since been demolished-except one two-level tower, which sits on the hill as a reminder of the days when these forts were scattered all across strategic hillsides in what is now the United Arab Emirates.
9. Ain al-Madhab Hot Springs
In the foothills of the Hajar Mountains, outside Fujairah city, the Ain al-Madhab Hot Springs are a popular local retreat. The mineral springs here produce warm sulphuric water that is pumped into two swimming pools. There are separate bathing areas for males and females. It's a family-friendly place that gets packed on weekends. If you've been traveling and need some downtime, this is a great place to relax and allow the warm, mineral-rich waters to soothe any niggly pains.
About 33 kilometers northwest from Fujairah, the village of Masafi is on the edge of the Hajar Mountains near Fujairah. It was originally a trading post and refueling stop before the region's modern highways were built in the 1970s. Masafi sits on the border between two emirates, with the larger section of town part of Fujairah, and the smaller section belonging to the Emirates of Ras al khaimah.
Masafi is famous in the United Arab Emirates for its natural springs, and the Gulf's leading mineral water producer (named after the town) is nearby. On the Dubai-Fujairah Road as you approach Masafi, the excellent local market is a great place to bargain for carpets, earthenware products, antiques, and local handicrafts.
11. Awhlah Fort
This distinctive fort in Aouhlah village, with its thick, high walls, is one of the best preserved forts in the Emirate of Fujairah. It lacks the over-restored "new" look of many of the other forts in the United Arab Emirates and so is a great place for history buffs to come and capture a sense of Emirati heritage. It sits 30 kilometers from Fujairah city itself, on a hillside in an excellent strategic position to guard the countryside. Inside, the circular watch tower is 20 meters high and has narrow windows built into the walls for archers and excellent views.
12. Bull Butting
Bull butting was introduced to the United Arab Emirates by colonizers from Portugal. In Fujairah, bull butting takes place every Friday during the cooler months and is a popular family event. The day begins with 20 bulls battling each other, and numbers slowly dwindle as winners move on to the next round.
The prize for the winning bull is to have his value increased. For tourists, the contest has an extra frisson of danger, as even though bulls are tied up and handled by attendants, they sometimes break free and have been known to charge spectators.
Where to Stay in Fujairah for Sightseeing
Most visitors to Fujairah stay at the coast's beach resorts rather than in the city itself. Most of the resorts are in the luxury category while Fujairah city offers more business-style hotels.
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