Fujairah, United Arab Emirates Cruise Port

To explore a land that mixes traditional Arab culture, the religion of Islam, and modern business, cruising to Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) gives visitors a look at a thriving 21st-century city. Gaining its independence from Sharjah in 1952, it joined the Emirates in 1971 and is the youngest of the seven. It's also the only one with its coastline on the Gulf of Oman without having any of said coastline on the Persian Gulf. Fujairah is on an important trade route and has large-scale shipping operations; other ships trading in the Persian Gulf sometimes stop here for repairs and provisions. The area is working on expanding tourism in the years to come, although there are no shortage of great views of the Indian Ocean and its lovely beaches right now. Here are some of our favorite experiences while visiting the cruise port of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates:
 
  • The Al Badiyah Mosque is the oldest in the UAE. Built around 1446 out of bricks and mud, it's similar to other mosques. Notable differences are its four domes compared to similar mosques, which may have to twelve; and the lack of a minaret (a tall tower with onion-shaped crown). Many still come here daily to pray.
     
  • Another one of the UAE's old structures is the Fujairah Historic Fort, built around 1670 as a defensive building and later used as a home for the ruling family. The Heritage Village around the fort is where you'll see restored homes, along with exhibits about traditional life and a display of the irrigation system used by Emirati farmers.
     
  • Al Hayl Castle was built around 1830 and is nestled within the Hajar Mountains. While small for a castle, it affords wonderful views and plenty of photo opportunities.
     
  • Once you're done exploring forts and castles, the Ain al-Madhab Hot Springs and accompanying garden are a peaceful place to relax and unwind. When you're done soaking in the mineral springs, you can check out the displays of fishing boats and handcrafts; you might also luck into a festival and catch some traditional singing and dancing.
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