Having crossed the Hajjar mountains from Dubai we reached Fujeirah. Its beach is on the Indian Ocean rather than the Persian gulf which laps on Dubai’s beaches. We stopped for lunch and a little paddle in the water. This rock was quite close, but by the time we’d had lunch I didn’t feel I had the time to change, swim out there and back again as well as dry off in time to get back on the bus with the others.
The view back onto land here is also very different than in Dubai.
We then travelled on to the mosque in al Bidiya, which is the oldest mosque in the UAE in the Yemeni style. It is still in use, however as non-muslims we were not permitted to enter it.
The city of Fujeirah has a significant oil and good harbour although in the distance we could see tanker and container ships anchored while waiting to enter the Persian Gulf because their goods cannot be offloaded and transported from Fujeirah. The old city is being preserved as a monument headed up by the Fort which overlooks ruins of the old houses, replicas of which are also being built to show how they would have looked while they were inhabited.