Dibba al Fujairah
Dibba al Fujairah is a beautiful town nestled in the Hajar Mountains, lying on the coastal plain in the middle of ancient relics and green fields. Dibba is the largest town in the Northern part of the Emirates of Fujairah. If you are looking for a beautiful valley with spectacular views, sandy beaches, hiking and relaxation points then Dibba al Fujairah is a wonderful choice in UAE. The road linking Dibba to Fujairah and other areas of UAE is one of the most scenic routes in the country.
Dibba is well known for its wonderful ocean activities like diving, snorkeling and whale watching. Sharks can also be sometimes spotted in the coastal area of this Emirati town. Palm trees welcome the visitors who are charmed by the beautiful relaxing environment of the town. You will not find heavy traffic or skyscrapers like Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Dibba has emerged as a vacation destination for both locals and tourists who love to stay at several resorts that are built for the purpose of relaxation. Camping is also a wonderful experience here where you can choose to camp near a beautiful sandy beach or up on the Hajar mountains.
Dibba al Fujairah is also known for hiking on the Hajar mountains, its tiny villages, and the historical places. Archaeologists have found some tombs that date back to the 7th millennium B.C and they observed that the town was inhabited since the Stone Age. Do not get confused by two other Dibbas, one of which is in the Emirate of Sharjah and the other is in Oman. The backdrop of Hajar mountains with the beautiful sandy beaches with splashing water makes this area spectacular. The name Hajar Mountains means “Stone Mountains” because they are rocky and dark in texture. Lets talk about some amazing Dibba tourist spots where you can enjoy a great time.
8 Wonderful Places to Visit in Dibba al Fujairah
Beaches of Dibba al Fujairah
The beaches of Dibba are considered as one of the best beaches in UAE. There are several beaches in this wonderful coastal path along with the Gulf of Oman. The water is splashy, the shores are rocky at a few places and mostly sandy. There are a number of resorts built on the best part of the coastal line that offer all kind of relaxation facilities to the visitors.
Remember to pack your things well, if you are visiting the beaches as the food and shops are very limited near these beaches or you might have to eat at the expensive resorts nearby. The town, grocery shops and local restaurants are around 15 minutes-drive from the coastal line. These beaches are wonderful and perfect for star gazing at night in the splashing sounds of the sea.
Hiking in Dibba al Fujairah
There are a few but wonderful hiking areas in UAE and Hajar Mountains in Dibba al Fujairah is one of them. There is a spectacular 5-kilometer hiking trail that starts from the valley and take you up on the Hajar Mountains. The hiking route will test your fitness levels but its worth the effort. The route starts from the foot of the valley and gets steep going upwards and climbing gets challenging at a few spots on this twisted trail.
There are a few tiny villages and old houses along this trail and if you are with a guide, you will learn about the interesting stories and history of the region as well. When you will reach up on the Hajar mountains, you will be amazed by the spectacular views of lake in the mountains and the views of the sea and the beaches along the coastal line.
Camping in Dibba al Fujairah
You can either camp on the shores at a beautiful sandy beach in Dibba or up on the Hajar mountains. Normally, camping on mountains is more famous in winters and camping near beaches is famous in summer. Visitors bring their own camping tents and gears and food, especially to enjoy bar b que in the mountains. Remember to clean the place when you leave to preserve the beauty of the area and to let others enjoy the same experience.
As we already talked about the splashy waves and star gazing at night, Fujairah camping near the beaches is a wonderful idea to spend time with your friends or family in a relaxing environment.
Snorkeling and Diving in Dibba al Fujairah
The coastal area of Dibba al Fujairah is an ideal place for Snorkeling and diving. Visitors love to come here to swim and snorkel among the colorful sea life and experience the underwater world of the Gulf of Oman. There are many tour companies that offer snorkeling experience with the required kits and will take you in boat to the best diving spots in the area.
If you do not have certifications, there are a few companies that will take you into a diving introduction program where you can still enjoy and learn about the underwater world. There is a huge variety of colorful fish and sea life in this region, so this is going to be a delightful experience for you.
Cruise in the Gulf of Oman
You will need to take your passport for this amazing journey which will start from Dibba and will take you in the international waters across Omani checkpoints to the best beaches with a backdrop of Hajar mountains. Cruising in the Gulf of Oman is a wonderful experience along with the stunning landscapes with rugged cliffs. You can choose to ride a traditional Arabic dhow cruise that will sail calmly in the sea with the views of beautiful bays.
You will see tiny villages across the sea nestling in the Hajar mountains and many other attractions. During the half-way stay, you can enjoy speed boat rides, kayaking and snorkeling before heading back to Dibba while enjoying your meal and bar b q. It is better to make your reservations 48 hour prior to your departures. I will definitely recommend the cruise trip because the best beaches at the Oman Gulf shores are not accessible by car.
Al Bithnah Fort
Al Bithnah Fort is near Dibba and can be included in your tour if you are also interested in history and forts. The fort stands high over the Hajar Mountains and was once used for the protection of the area including a strategic route through Wadi Ham (Valley Ham). This fort was built in 1735 and was one the most important forts in the eastern part of the UAE.
Fujairah Fort is another amazing fort that was built in 1670 but got damaged in the 1925 when it was bombarded by the British during a confrontation with the Ruler of Fujairah. It is considered as one of the oldest forts of the region and was an important defense and home for the ruling family. The fort is built with mud brick and has several halls, three major sections, two round towers and one square tower. Today the fort has been restored to its original shape and is a famous tourist attraction. This fort was used to be the only major building standing on the coastal area of Fujairah.
Bull Fighting in Fujairah
Although the bull fighting in Fujairah originated by the Portuguese, but it is nothing like the bull fighting in Portugal. Every Friday, around 20 bulls are brought in the ground with fences and left open to battle each other. The winners move to the next round until there is one final winner which is then priced as the most expensive bull. These bulls are handled by the attendants but sometimes they get out of control and charge towards the spectators, but due to fences it is mostly safe. Even families come to enjoy the bull fight in Fujairah.