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 defence, used as a base for surveillance and patrolling.Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Built in 1670, Fujairah Fort was badly damaged by a British attack in the early 20th century. Considered the oldest fort in the United Arab Emirates, it has served previously as both a defensive building and a home for the ruling family. And for many centuries it was the only stone building along the Fujairah coast. The fort has three major sections, several halls, one square tower and two round towers. In recent years it has been fully restored to its former glory.
The area surrounding the fort is now part of a Heritage Village set up by Fujairah's Department of Archaeology and Heritage. Here you can see restored old houses, exhibits about traditional life, and a display of the Al-Yazrah irrigation system that Emirati farmers used in their fields.Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
North of Fujairah city, the mud-brick Al-Bidyah Mosque is the oldest in the United Arab Emirates and was named after the town that once surrounded it. The engineering features are a major accomplishment for the period of construction. The mosque consists of a prayer hall decorated with arches and featuring ventilation openings, and a mihrab (prayer niche pointing to Mecca). A central pillar divides the internal space into four squares of similar dimensions, covered by domed ceilings.
The site surrounding the mosque has been excavated to reveal that it has been inhabited for 4,000 years. A large Islamic graveyard just to the north contains a massive tomb dating back to the Iron Age, which when unearthed revealed fragments of pottery, metal arrowheads and other artifacts dating back to at least 1000 BC.Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Fujairah is the only Emirate of the UAE that is almost totally mountainous.
The Hajjar Mountains separate Fujairah from the rest of the country. The mountain range got its name from the Arabic word meaning “stone mountains”. They aren’t very high but on the way from the plain (200m) to Masafi (450m) and Diba Al Hisn (on the ocean coast) the road runs on the level 200-550 m between mountains which rise between 500m up to 990m (Jabal Dad Mountain - the highest mountain in the area). The road is very picturesque and you will see deep canyons and huge rocks.
Masafi is a small town famous for it´s market, a good place to buy carpets from Iran or Pakistan, pottery from the Emirates, and also some fruits and vegetable stalls. The town has a long main street where all the stalls and shops are located and is visited by everybody travelling the road from Dubai to Dibba, the market is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the week.Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
This park is famous for its beautiful gardens but more so because of the archeological findings in the area. At the very center of the park lies a tomb dating to the end of the third millennium BC that was excavated some years ago. This park also contains a children’s park.Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
Experience the rich heritage of Ras Al Khaimah, which includes majestic forts and museums – each telling a story of its own. History lovers would enjoy visiting the Dhayah fort, built in the 16th century on a mountain overlooking the Gulf, to fight the British troops.
The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah, built in mid of the 18th century during the emirate's invasion by Persians, was originally the house of the Royal Family until 1964. It includes a number of ancient ornaments, discovered in the emirate and is considered the wealthiest monumental museum in the UAE.
One of the famous traditions in the region is raising Falcons. Ras Al Khaimah presents an unique falcon show with an exclusive rapture display in the first desert spa resort of the Middle East - the Banyan Tree Al Wadi.
Housing the region’s most diverse and interactive display of Falcons, Hawks, Kestrels, Owls and Eagles, be a part of the action at the Falconry Deck or just sit back and be amazed. Resident Professional Falconers fly their team of dedicated birds of prey using both traditional Arabic & “modern” Western techniques. A tour of the world class Falconry Mews, Rehabilitation and Breeding Centre, rounds off this one-of-a-kind experience in style.
Al Hamra Marina is the perfect place to enjoy the magic of the sea.The 200 berth marina has been designed by European experts, Poralu, and capable of mooring vessels of up to 90ft. in length.
Set on the mouth of the lagoon, The Al Hamra Marina is an extension of the Al Hamra Village, Ras Al Khaimah. The Marina and Yachting Club were designed and installed by Europe’s leading pontoon supplier Poralu Marine and is the last significant fuelling stop for vessels and guests in the Arabian Gulf.
The Al Hamra Marina comprises of 200 wet berths and caters to motor boats, yachts and inflatable’s measuring 10 feet to 100 feet in length. The marina offers secure berths with a modern and sophisticated gate pass entry. All water pontoons provide power supply and fresh water hoses. The marina’s all tide access is operated by yacht masters and offers a shelter of ease for maneuvering at the dock. Facilities include offering chandlery, maintenance, training, charter boats and water sport facilities.
The Al Hamra Marina’s Clubhouse was built to suit the mood and occasions for visitors and water sport enthusiasts. It is the perfect combination of dining facilities and management offices for the Royal Yacht Club.
The Marina was the host club to the Alinghi catamaran campaign for the 34th America's Cup and will be one of the stopovers for the Sailing Arabia Tour in February 2012. The tour will visit a total of seven marinas linked to some of the Gulf’s most outstanding waterfront projects including the Al Hamra Marina. The teams will be station at the Marine from 20th – 22nd February 2012.
Only a 45 minute drive from Dubai by road and three hours at average cruising speed by sea, The Al Hamra Marina is the perfect weekend destination for travelers, world sailing pioneers, boat owners and berthing yachts.
Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates