Fujairah, one of seven territories that make up the United Arab Emirates, is almost completely mountainous. It is also the only emirate located on the Gulf of Oman instead of the Persian Gulf. Tourism is expected to increase in Fujairah due to several related projects in the area. Among those are an $817 million resort, a beach resort on the north end and approximately 1,000 new five-star hotels, villas and restaurants.
Dibba is a small coastal port along the Fujairah coast. It houses three upscale hotels and has excellent underwater diving opportunities. Dibba Rock is known for large ocean fish and underwater visibility up to 15 m. Divers can see plenty of turtles, cuttlefish and several species of tropical fish. It's also a good site for occasional sightings of whale shark.
Located in Fujairah between the Hajar Mountains and the Indian Ocean, the Rotana Hotel is a complete resort located less than 90 miles from the Dubai International Airport. Guests can swim on the property, as well as enjoy meals from one of several full-service eateries. The hotel offers non-smoking rooms, a multi-lingual staff and bus service to major attractions (see Resources).
Traditional homes, cooking utensils and farming tools are set up to present the everyday life of Emirate residents. The village even displays the Al Yazrah irrigation system, which uses a working bull to irrigate fields. Fujairah Fortress and several other ancient buildings can be toured by visitors, and there's a theater that can accommodate more than 3,000 spectators.
Started in Portugal between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, bull butting has become a wide-spread family event in Fujairah. Every Friday, families and tourists gather at a local field to watch bulls battle it out. Recently, the event has been set in a closed arena to prevent harm to spectators.
The oldest mosque in the UAE dates back to 1446. The engineering and structure are considered to be major accomplishments for the era. It consists of a prayer hall (Mihrab) and pulpit, and houses four internal domes that cannot be seen from outside.