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East Coast Exploration (from Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain)

US$ 75.00 Price per person from View price guide

Key facts

Where: Ras Al Khaimah , UAE Duration: 8 hours

Highlights

  • Witness the scenery change dramatically from desert to lush coastline
  • See the oldest mosque in the country

Overview

Explore the picturesque East Coast of UAE, where you can witness a flat desert landscape change into spectacular hills. This impressive stretch of lush coastline makes a dramatic change, with steep mountains, unspoilt sandy bays and beaches, ancient fortresses and date palm groves sloping down to the edge of the Indian Ocean. Enjoy stunning views of the Persian Gulf from the coastline, which is dotted with coastal fishing villages.

Take a trip to the Al Bidya mosque, an important archaeological site that has finds dating back to 1000 BC. Discover the 300-year-old Fort of Fujairah and the mountain dwellers’ ruins near the port towns of Khor Fakkan and Fujairah. With dramatic scenery, interesting archaeological digs and a glimpse into the country’s rich heritage, an East Coast excursion is a highly-recommended for every visitor to UAE.

Itinerary

You will be picked up in an air-conditioned coach from your hotel in Ras Al Khaimah or Umm Al Quwain and taken on a tour of the East Coast. The East Coast of the United Arab Emirates comprises the Emirates of Fujairah and portions of the Emirate of Sharjah that lies on the Indian Ocean at the foot of the Hajar mountains. It is regarded as the most scenic area of the country. A guide English speaking will accompany you on this tour.

En route, you will see the agricultural areas of Al Dhaid. The terrain changes from a flat desert to spectacular hills. The coastline is dotted with small fishing villages, including the old village of Dibba, once a strategically important settlement that offers stunning views of the Persian Gulf.

Along the coastline, you will arrive at the oldest mosque in the country, the Al Bidya Mosque that was built in the 15th century. It is also known as the Ottoman Mosque, for the man who built it. Inside the mosque, you will come across a prayer hall with a prayer niche, a rostrum, arches and openings.

Further on, pass through the port towns of Khor Fakkan and Fujairah and explore the ruins of the mountain dwellers who moved away from oil exploration to start a fishing village. Also visit the impressive 300-year-old Fort of Fujairah and the fortress nearby Bithnah oasis. Along the way, stop for lunch at a local restaurant (cost not included). Your last stop will be the Friday Market, where your can shop for pottery, carpets and range of traditional craftwork.

After exploring the colourful local market of the East Coast, you will be dropped back to the starting point of the tour.

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This trip was very interesting - it was really good to see the other Emirates which are complete contrast to Dubai. The guide was very good and informative, the guide and driver... valerie mackenzie

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

Thursdays

Duration

8 hours

Start time

Start time: 0800h (08:00am)
Duration: 8 hours

Meeting point

Your hotel in Ras Al Khaimah or Umm Al Quwain.
(Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

Ending point

Your hotel in Ras Al Khaimah or Umm Al Quwain

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Inclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in air-conditioned coach
  • English speaking guide

Exclusions

  • Lunch

Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
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