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Fujairah Tourist Traps: 1 reviews and 2 photos

  Masafi to Dibba road
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  • Masafi to Dibba road - Fujairah
      Masafi to Dibba road
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  • Masafi to Dibba road - Fujairah
      Masafi to Dibba road
    by dave.richards
 

Remember that the UAE is a Muslim country and penalties are severe for breaking the Sharia Laws. Anything against Mohammad and the Holy Quoran are dealt with heavily. Drinking alcohol in public is a no no as is a woman dressing 'scantily'. Don't even think about class C and above drugs unless you want to be put in jail and the key thrown away.
Check with your local UAE embassy as to wether or not your medications are allowed. Many are not and a long prison sentence can be expected for disobeying the law in these matters.
I take Codeine based drugs and Tramadol for arthritic pain. These are Opium based that I get on prescription. Even in the original boxes they are banned. I carry a letter from my doctor stating that I need these drugs. this enables me to carry them without fear of 6 months in jail! Do the same. If unsure... don't take them with you.
Kissing in public is frowned upon and even more so if people of the same sex kiss in public. Expect though to often see men holding hands whilst walking together. No, they are not gay. It is traditional even if it does look a little strange at first. DON'T ASSUME ANYTHING.
Remember that bartering is almost compulsary but getting into an argument with the locals over prices is not. In all souks and most small shops, barter for the best price but don't insult the shop keeper. I bought a 1GB pen drive for only £28. He wanted £40!
All Nationals (Emiratees) are as honest as the day is long but don't always trust foreigners especially those of extraction from certain countries (Sorry, I cannot name names here). Some are expert pick pockets.

Unique Suggestions: Read up on local traditions, cultures and laws. respect them. You are in their country, not they in yours.

Fun Alternatives: Bored? Go to one of the many sea front hotels and have a go at scuba diving and other water sports.
Take a drive down to the desert city of Al Ain. Half way down the main street you will find yourselves in Oman.
Have a drive north to Dibba and visit it's most beautiful Mosque. The town is lifeless but the mosque is not.
Drive up to Masafi on its winding, mountainous road but take care as more people get killed on this road than nearly any other in the UAE.
I drove this road several times at night and it is not for the faint hearted as the locals use this road for racing in their souped up cars and 4-wheelers. They love driving no more than a foot or two behind you at speeds up to 140kph and then overtaking on hills and bends.
Carry on past Masafi onto the Al Dhaid road and visit the Friday Market. Started a few years ago this is a must see place. Locals selling foods, fruits, ornaments and carpets abound, but be prepared to be hassled.

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  • Updated Jul 14, 2006
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