Often referred to as the Arabian Jewel the emirate of Fujairah is a beautiful, hospitable and safe tourist destination popular within the UAE and nowadays a favourite for European visitors. The emirate has rich culture, heritage and tradition. It is also beginning a period of dynamic economic development with many new exciting projects now realised.
The emirates' fourth largest city has experienced unprecedented investment and development and increased multi-national corporate presence and with the commitment of H.H. Sheikh Hamad Sharqi, Ruler of Fujairah, a major new highway, new hotels and beach resorts, entertainment and shopping complexes have all added to an improved infrastructure for the Emirate of Fujairah.
In a country renown for its desert terrain, Fujairah's uniqueness lies in the rugged Hajar Mountains which are the perfect backdrop to the Indian Ocean and the beautiful unspoiled beaches and coral reefs that attract divers from all over the world. Numerous water sports like swimming, yachting, water surfing and deep-sea fishing attract tourists all round the year.
Fujairah's main occupation in the past was fishing and agriculture. Nowadays the Port of Fujairah with its strategic position claims the 2nd most important bunkering port in the world with many shipping companies and other related businesses having set up offices there. At anytime one can look out to sea and expect to see a significant numbers of large vessels, offshore at the Fujairah Anchorage.
Fujairah hosts many international events including, the WPA World Eight-ball Championship, the Fujairah Classic International Bodybuilding Championship and the 12th Asiania Parachuting Championship. Fujairah International Marine Club has hosted over many, many traditional racing events including International Powerboat Championships.
A more controversial topic is the ever-growing rock and quarry industries that have sprung up over the years and with that inevitably... dust, noise, heavy lorries and unsightly scars on the landscape. Whilst the Government of Fujairah has strict guidelines for the companies operating the quarries, there are still problems but quarrying is a necessary operation people want decent roads and nice homes, but many don't seem to realise that the raw materials for these must come from somewhere.