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FUJAIRAH

H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Mohammed Al Sharqi

RULER


Population 144,430

Fujairah holds an unique position in the UAE. It is the only emirate that lies on the eastern side of the UAE,along the Gulf of Oman,while all the six other emirates are along the Arabian Gulf. The Hajar mountain range that divides the UAE in two, from Ras Al Khaimah to Al Ain has kept Fujairah separated from the rest of the country.

The unexploited jewel of Arabia is a destination waiting to be discovered. Nestling on the shores of the Indian ocean, on the eastern coast, Fujairah offer miles of unspoilt sandy beaches, a sparkling azure sea and year round sunshine.

Rising majestically to form a magnificent backdrop to the emirate are the Hajar mountains, with valleys running down to the sea and dotted with ancient forts and castles and little palm groves which cling to their sides.


Major Attractions


Bull fighting
One major attraction in Fujairah is the chance to see the emirate's own unique form of bullfighting. Not a struggle to the death of man against beast but a contest of strength between two great animals. The fight itself is bloodless, as the bulls lock horns and wrestle until the weaker of the two gives up and turns away. The bullfights take place every Friday afternoon at about 4:30PM (except for the summer months) near the Al Rughlait bridge.

Ain Al Madhab Gardens
These gardens are situated in a valley in the foothills of the Hajar mountains, just outside Fujairah city and are fed by mineral springs. This warm sulphur laden water is also used in two swimming pools available for ladies and for men. On public holidays, an outdoor theatre is used for festivals, which include traditional singing and folklore dances. The opening times are 10AM - 11PM.


Miscellaneous Information

The Ruler of Fujairah H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, succeeded his father in 1974. He has ably administered the land and has been instrumental in the commissioning of several industries. Fujairah's main occupation in the past were fishing and agriculture. Pearl fishing was non-existent because the waters of the Gulf of Oman were much deeper and colder than the Arabian Gulf,not suitable for the growth of pearl oysters.

The Fujairah port is an important port for container liners and for the world's largest livestock shipping companies which have set up their main holding station for sheep and cattle for the entire Arabian peninsula here. Its clean beaches, the numerous water sports like swimming, yachting, water surfing and deep sea fishing attract tourists all round the year.


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