The United Arab Emirates (UAE)
The United Arab Emirates consists of seven Emirates. Abu Dhabi is the biggest and the capital of the federation. Dubai is its international and commercial centre. The others are FUJAIRAH, SHARJAH, AJMAN, RAS AL KHAIMAH and UMM AL QUIWAIN.
The Sheikhdoms are known for their friendly palm trees, cloudless skies, white beaches and clear blue water. Altogether a major attraction for tourists every year. The currency of the country is Dirham (1 US$ =Dhs 3.67). Standards are high in all endeavors, particularly in the Economic, Cultural, Health and Social Sectors. Its well laid out Infrastructure, Excellent air, Road and Sea connections has contributed much towards its success in Tourism, Business and industry. The UAE has established an excellent relationship based on constructive co-operation, mutual respect and reciprocity with most countries.
The United Arab Emirates the proverbial land of milk and honey. It is a land of opportunities and immense potential for business growth. United Arab Emirates is sub-tropical and arid. Weather is hot in summer and extremely humid. Rainfall is infrequent.
Traditional dress for men is called Dishdasha, which is an ankle-length, collarless gown that is usually white along with a headdress called a guthra. The local women wear a black Abaya over their clothing and some elderly married women wear the burkha, which is special facial covering when they are in public.
Fujairah's strategic & unique location, as the UAE's only Emirate on East Coast, plays a key role in its development. Under the leadership and vision of Sheikh Hamed Bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, the Ruler of Fujairah, the Emirates continues to grow.
An amazing amalgamation of the traditional values of the East and modern technologies of the West, Fujairah offers a standard of living comparable to that of world's most developed nations. More than a quarter million people of various nationalities, including Emirates, inhabit this Emirate of 1450 sq kms
Since the establishment of a free trade zone more than a decade ago, commercial activity in the Emirates has flourished. Due to its strategic position with the UAE's only access to the Indian Ocean, Fujairah has a bustling, important multipurpose port. In fact, Fujairah ranks as one of the top three bunkering locations in the world. Fujairah becomes an important tourist destination in U.A.E with its natural beauty, Sandy beaches, Historical attractions, mountains and Oases.
Fujairah has much to offer. This small community today enjoys modern facilities and conveniences, and is linked by modern highways to all major cities in the United Arab Emirates. Fujairah is a mere 90 minutes drive time from Sharjah, under two hours from Dubai, and just three and a half hours from Abu Dhabi. Exploring the Mountains, Discovering Ancient and Modern Arabian Culture and Water Sports are some attractions. The main cities and villages in Fujairah are Dibba, Murbeh, Qidfa, Al Bidiyah, Masafi and Al-Siji.
Other major attractions in fujairah are Bull FIGHTING, AIN AL MADHAB GARDENS, FUJAIRAH HERITAGE VILLAGE, FUJAIRAH MUSEUM, MASAFI FRIDAY MARKET, BITHNA FORT, BIDIYA MOSQUE, AL HAIL SUMMER PALACE.
The only Emirate without a coastline on the Arabian Gulf is Fujairah, which is ruled by Al Sharqi family. Situated along the coast of the Gulf of Oman, Fujairah covers about 1,300 sq.km.
Unlike other Emirates, where the desert forms a large part of the terrain, mountains and plains are its predominant features. Fujairah's economy is based on Fishing and Agriculture.
The land in Fujairah is irrigated by Rainwater from the Hajar Mountains, making it ideal for farming. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi is the present ruler.
The Old fort, a strategically located mud brick structure is located just 2 km away from Fujairah’s historic town. It is approximately 300 years old and it consists of 3 major parts and several halls and towers surrounded by the old Fujairah. Fort was fully renovated in year 2000.
Al-Bidya Mosque located close to Al bidya village about 30km north of Fujairah displays the art of engineering for the dates back 400 years. All the four domes are supported by one central pillar and internal decoration combines stone carvings with special shelves to house the Holy Quran.
Al-Heil Castle is one of the most famous castles in the emirate of Fujairah. It used to be headquarters for the ruler and had been used for patrolling, Surveillance and to defend neighboring area.
In-Fact, Some of the most important Archaeological finds made in this region shows that man’s presence in this Emirate dates back to Iron Age.
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