Emirate of Al-Fujairah
Fujairah is the only emirate that does not have a shore on the Arabian Gulf, instead it lies on the Gulf of Oman, the eastern side of the UAE. Fujairah is separated from the rest of the country by the Hajar mountain range.The port of Fujairah is an important port for container liners and for the world's largest livestock shipping companies.Some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the United Arab Emirates can be found at Fujairah. Other water sports such as swimming, yachting, water surfing and deep-sea fishing attract tourists throughout the year.The town of Fujairah has a number of historical and archeological sites including a fort and the old town.
Fujairah - Wadis
Fujairah is well known for its Wadis due to the geological topography of the area. Wadis are dry riverbeds that contain water after a heavy rain, in Arabic it can also mean oasis.Tourists can enjoy Wadi Bashing. Wadi Siji, Wadi Saham, Wadi Mai and many other wadis. Wadi Ham is the largest and longest, springing from Masafi area. Wadi Al Tawian is reached through a mountain route. Wadi Siji reaches to Al Zaid and Umm al-Quwain.Dhaid is an oasis town that is located at the entrance to Wadi Siji. The rainwater that collected as run-off from the mountains created the oasis.Wadi Al Wurayah is a major tourist attraction north of Fujairah. This scenic area includes the Al Wurayah waterfalls. Wadi Al Hail is a famous wadi in Fujairah that springs from Al Hail.
Masafi, United Arab Emirates
Masafi is a village located on the edge of the Hajar Mountains near Fujairah. It was a trading post and refueling stop before the modern highways were built in the 1970s. The village is actually divided in to two parts with the larger section belonging to the emirate of Fujairah and the smaller belonging to the emirate of Ras al Khaimah.The name "Masafi" is Arabic for "pure water"; the village is well known for its natural springs. In fact Masafi is also the name of the Gulf's leading natural mineral water producer, which is located near the village.A market, called the Friday Market even thought it is open seven days a week, is found on the Dubai-Fujairah Road as you approach Masafi. The main items to bargain for are rugs, earthenware, antiques and souvenirs.
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