The Emirate of Fujairah is frequently referred to as the bride of the Emirates and the gateway of the Gulf on the Eastern region. It combines the splendors of the present, the heritage and originality of the past and the bright future which augers rewarding prospects.
In virtue of the sagacious directives of H. H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohamed Al Sharqi, member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Fujairah, the Emirate realized during the previous year’s numerous advances at various plans. All material resources were utilized to boost the economy, expedite the strides of progress and create a healthy climate for business activities. Following completion of the infrastructural projects, the government of Fujairah worked out an ambitious plan to achieve the ideal exploitation of its natural resources and expand commercial, industrial and agricultural activities in all parts of the Emirate.
Geographical Location, Area & Population
Unlike the other Emirates, Fujairah enjoys a unique position on the Gulf of Oman, adjacent to the Strait of Hormuz, on the Eastern flank of the Arabian Peninsula. Fujairah coasts extend 90 km along the Gulf of Oman which accords a strategic importance to this Emirate.
The area of Fujairah is 1,165.h km, thus equivalent to 1.5% of the total area of the UAE which puts it in the fifth position among the Emirates in terms of size.
The population of Fujairah totals 108,546 who live in the various towns and villages which number 63. The most famous of these towns and villages are Dibba, Merbah, Qidfa, Aqah, Faqeet and Bithna which are known for its relics and farms.
Climate of Fujairah is semi-arid with a wide diurnal range, limited rainfall and humidity varying from month to month. The winter months are mild.
Temperature and humidity are as follows:
Tourism is of great importance to Fujairah as the Emirate is renowned for its scenic beauty and other qualities which make it a tourist attraction for those seeking entertainment and tranquility. Tourists are attracted by diverse entertainment activities. Some prefer to swim in the warm waters as Fujairah beaches extend for 90 kms along the Gulf, while others choose to visit ancient archaeological sites which tell the history and glories of the ancestors.
Fujairah is also renowned for its high mountains of multiple colours and deep valleys where water courses flow throughout the year which represent yet another attraction for tourists. There are marine reserves where a variety of beautiful and rare sea creatures live amongst a jungle of coral reefs – another attraction for tourists interested in the diving sport.
Tourists are also attracted by the mineral and healing waters such as those to be found at the Madhab and Gamour springs. The waters of these springs are claimed by natives to heal from rheumatism and some skin diseases. The Wareea's waterfalls are is one of the most beautiful mountainous spots in Fujairah.
The attractions of Fujairah are not merely the rugged mountains, the mild weather or the unspoiled beaches, but tourists interested in relics may also leisurely have a stroll in area dating thousands of years before Christ. The ruins of old fortresses and mosques at Fujairah, Bithna and Bidiya areas provide enormous clues to the spectacular history of the region.
On a directive by H. H. the Ruler of the Fujairah, the Tourist Bureau was set up to act as a focal point to look after tourist affairs and promote Fujairah as a tourist destination.
Fujairah has three natural marine reserves for sea creatures set up by a decree issued by H. H. the Ruler in mid-1995. The reserves are located at Faqeet, Dhadna and Aqa. The project represents the most important step taken by the UAE to protect marine environment. Apart from that the reserves are also a tourist attraction for amateur and professional divers who see a variety of fish and rare sea creatures underwater.
Department of Industry and Economy
The Department of Industry and Economy, established in November 1980, under the chairmanship of H. H. Sheikh Saleh bin Mohamed Al Sharqi, is focal point of economic activities in Fujairah. The department plays a leading role in working out regulations and plans for the Emirate's comprehensive development.
The functions of the department include supervision and direction of economic activities and preparation of feasibility studies on new investment projects in the agricultural, industrial and commercial fields. Apart from that the department finances and implements infrastructural projects.
The other functions of the department include:
- Co-ordination with the private sector as regards execution of new projects in order to ensure their conformity with the goals of the Emirate's development plans.
- Regulating industry by invoking effective methodology to ensure the success of new projects. The department frequently seeks the assistance of experts in order to provide new investors with reliable information on the proposed projects.
- The department takes the necessary measures for encouragement and protection of local industries.
- Licensing industrial projects and granting permission for expansion or modification. The department usually takes into consideration in such issues the economic needs of the emirate, the consumption requirements and possibilities of exporting abroad.
Providing information and data to concerned parties including the relevant statistics, feasibility studies, technical charts and maps for setting up an industry or expanding an existing one. The department employs its contacts to promote the products or services of any new project. It also participates in exhibitions, conferences and seminars beneficial to the industries operating in Fujairah.