Our Eid this year was spent in Fujairah, an emirate three-hours of drive away from Dubai. The entire drive up to the city was made special by gorgeous views of the magnificent Hajar mountains, which is the highest mountain range in the eastern Arabian peninsula. We made a brief stop at Masafi, to have lunch – which we brought with us – facing the mountains. Masafi is a village that is the highest living area in the U.A.E. and is famous for its natural springs.
Along the way up to Fujairah, there are several shops selling carpet; the price is similar to the ones sold in the malls – 350 dirhams for a small carpet. Also along the highway are shops selling fresh fruit, vegetables and potted plants as well.
Since it was a holiday, Fujairah was packed with people from Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. And there was so much traffic that most of our time was either spent driving or looking for a parking spot. Even the beach was full! But that didn’t discourage us. We went on a short boat ride in the Gulf of Oman and enjoyed the cool water hitting our faces. The ride costs 10 dirhams per person.
By the time we were having dinner – at Pizza Hut, where young Emiratis were playing Lady Gaga songs on their phones for everyone to hear – we felt like we didn’t have the energy to drive all the way back to Sharjah. It was 8 pm. So we drove around the city in search for a reasonably-priced hotel. Another reason why we wanted to stay overnight was the fact that we haven’t really seen all of Fujairah yet. Unfortunately, 99% of the hotels were fully booked. We found one that had some vacant rooms. They were charging 1,500 dirhams for the night. It was a 2 star hotel. One could stay in Atlantis hotel in the Palm Island with that price!
We drove all the way back home and arrived at 2 am.
I was already unconscious before my head hit the pillows.