10 cool UAE getaways1 Comments 21 August 2012
Hijar Bani Hamid Oasis, Fujairah
The cool factor: Located on the east coast of the UAE, Fujairah is the country’s most mountainous emirate, meaning it enjoys more seasonable weather. For instance, there’s more rainfall here than in Dubai, and higher altitudes result in lower temperatures.
The lowdown: The area offers plenty of cultural sustenance, from fishing villages to date plantations, as well as traditional fruit, vegetable and fish markets. Wadi Wurayah, in the foothills of the Hajar Mountains, boasts lush plantations and, importantly, cooler climes. During September and October, Arabian Adventures will run tours to Hijar Bani Hamid Oasis for Dhs235 per person, with a minimum of four people per group.
Where to stay: Head to the four-star Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort, which offers standard rooms from Dhs467 per night.
Getting there: Travel time from Dubai to Fujairah has been substantially slashed thanks to the Sheikh Khalifa Highway, which opened in December last year.
From Emirates Bypass Road (611), take the Sharjah-Kalba Road (S116) and follow the signs.
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