Fujairah Bithnah Fort
A majestic reconstructed fort that once defended the route via Wadi Ham through the rugged Hajar Mountains to Fujairah.
Situated 13 kilometres west of Fujairah in the scenic Wadi Al Hail, this old castle and watchtower in an enclosed compound was the summer palace of the Fujairah sheikhs. Archaeology remains indicate that the area was settled as far back as the Iron Age, 1300 to 300 BC.
This reputedly 360-year-old fort lies on a hill at the edge of the date gardens, surrounded by the remains of the old town houses. The fort was severely damaged in the early twentieth century by a British bombardment but has been recently restored to its former glory. It looks wonderful lit up at night.
Fujairah Heritage Village
Near Fujairah Fort, this heritage village has a good selection of traditional houses (‘arish) and fishing boats (shasha) made from palm fronds, providing an interesting backdrop to its living reconstruction of traditional life on the east coast.
Bidiya Mosque, the oldest mosque in the UAE that is still in use, is a unique construction with four small domes held up by central pillar. The mountains in the background dwarf two small watchtowers on the hill behind the mosque. Nearby is a long tomb dating to the Late Bronze Age, 2000 to 1300 BC.