While Dubai and Abu Dhabi concentrate the bulk of tourist arrivals in the United Arab Emirates (more than 30 million visitors each year), less glamorous and less publicized cities shine with an authenticity that is not necessarily found in the two major Emirati metropolises. With just under 800,000 tourists, Fujairah is one of those beautiful coastal cities that are peaceful, relaxing and full of natural attractions.
Its exceptional geographical location, in the heart of the Gulf of Oman, makes it a popular destination for backpackers and other outdoor enthusiasts. In addition to its “farniente” assets, the city is a commercial and industrial hub that attracts companies and investors from all over the world.
Fujairah is about 126 km from Dubai, and the cab ride from Dubai to Fujairah takes about 1 hour and 22 minutes (via the S116). The city is just over 250 km from Abu Dhabi, with about a 2.5-hour drive. Planning a trip to this beautiful city on the east coast of the United Arab Emirates? AS VIP, your private chauffeur service in Dubai, offers you a complete guide to travel serenely. On the agenda: the must-do activities in Fujairah, the means of transportation at your disposal to make the journey from Dubai to Fujairah, the average times and prices of common trips in the city and sound advice to make the most of your Fujairah getaway.
In the early 19thcentury, Sheikh Mohammed bin Mattar, leader of the Al Sharqi tribe, launched the construction of a large castle and an imperial city that would later become Fujairah. The Emirate will join the United Arab Emirates on December 2, 1971. Two centuries later, this emirate remains ruled by the same ruling family, headed by Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi.
Capital of the Emirate of the same name, Fujairah is the seventh largest Emirati city by population (about 130,000 inhabitants). It is also the only “regional” capital located in the far east of the country, along the Gulf of Oman (Indian Ocean). In many respects, Fujairah is the Emirati city most blessed by nature:
Fujairah’s economy is dominated by the cement industry, stone crushing and mining. The city has a thriving free trade zone, emulating the success of the Dubai Free Zone Authority. The government is the number one employer… a logical finding considering that the emirate prohibits foreigners from owning more than 49 % of shares in any one company. However, this ban was recently lifted in the free zones.
The port of Fujairah attracts commercial vessels from the Persian Gulf for provisions, repairs and technical support. A thriving trade in spare parts and marine industry stores has been established in the area.
There are many points of interest that justify a trip from Dubai to Fujairah in a luxury vehicle from the AS VIP fleet. Your stay will be a peaceful interlude, far from the crazy skyscrapers, the cosmopolitan frenzy and the summer congestion.
Here is a small circuit which should satisfy the most demanding tourists:
Emirati road infrastructure has become much denser in recent years, especially outside of the Dubai – Abu Dhabi axis that has long monopolized investment in the area. Today, you have several options for your journey from Dubai to Fujairah:
Planning to spend a few days in Fujairah to visit its many points of interest? Here is the distance and travel time of the most common trips in the city:
Note: the reason we don’t mention the trip from downtown Fujairah to the city’s international airport is that it is almost exclusively for cargo. However, the Russian airline S7 Airlines recently announced two passenger flights.
Dubai International Airport (DBX) is approximately 113 km from downtown Fujairah. You can get there with the following means of transportation:
The same means of transportation and times apply for the reverse trips, from Fujairah City to Dubai International Airport. Fares are sometimes 5-10 % cheaper from Fujairah, as long as the pickup costs (slightly) less.
For long trips like between Dubai and Fujairah, using the services of a private driver like AS VIP brings you a cascade of advantages: