I’m ashamed to say that I’ve lived in Dubai for nearly 25 years and I’ve never properly explored the East Coast – until now.
Arabian Adventures took my grandparents and I on a day trip to Fujairah and we loved every minute.
What: Exploring Fujairah With Arabian Adventures
Time: 9am – 5pm
Price: Dhs260 per person
Your private four-wheel drive will pick you up from a hotel nearby before heading off towards the Hajar Mountains. You’ll have a designated driver and a private tour guide in the car with you – make sure you ask for Mohammed (the guide) & Rafeek (the driver) when you book. They’ve both been living in Dubai for nearly 30 years, so you can only imagine the wealth of knowledge they have to share, perfect if you’re exploring with tourist. Their personalities are infectious and they even know how to take a banging Instagram picture!
Our first stop of the day were the ‘Friday’ markets, which are actually open every day of the week. We sipped (and nibbled) on fresh coconuts, stocked up on local fruit, admired and bought a kilo of the most mouth-watering dates I’ve ever eaten in my life. We then made our way to the fish markets, where they had freshly-caught sharks, and local fish up for sale for absolute peanuts.
You’ll then be dropped at the iconic Sandy Beach Hotel for lunch, where you can feast on hummus, grilled meats and other traditional Arabic dishes and wash it all down with a not-so-traditional glass of vino whilst overlooking Snoopy Rock.
Next on the agenda, a trip to the smallest and oldest mosque in the UAE and the second smallest and oldest in the world (numero uno is in Yemen – this being one of the many, many facts I learned from picking Mohammed’s brain all day). My grandma and I were asked to wear a veil over our hair and we both took to our new accessories, perhaps a little too well (we didn’t want to take them off), snapping plenty of pictures along the way.
We even had a not-so-secret admirer who asked to take a picture with us.
The last stops of the day were Fujairah Fort and the teeny tiny museum, where we learned all about the heritage and the history of the Emirate.
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