The word ‘Wadi’ literally translates to ‘valley or deep ravine’ in Arabic. There are several such wadis in the UAE, which offer stunning views and have thrilling routes which are perfect for hikes. Fujairah wadis’ perfectly complement the rugged mountainous landscape of the region and are the perfect spots for outdoor adventures in the UAE. The breathtaking wadis in Fujairah have a lot to offer, from the distinctive flora and fauna, to the majestic Hajar Mountains and more. So a trip across the wadis is certainly an enthralling experience. The best time to visit is during winter and spring, so take a look at our list of these mesmerising natural gems in Fujairah to plan a trip with your friends and family.
The first on our list is the famous ravine of Wadi Waruyah in Fujairah. This wadi is nestled between the Bidiyah, Masafi and Khorfakkan towns in the UAE. After the campaign of the Emirates Wildlife Society and World Wide Fund for Nature, which focussed on the unmatched beauty of the valley, Wadi Wurayah became the first protected mountainous area in the UAE. The area is also known as Wadi Wurayah National Park.
There is plenty to explore in this Fujairah wadi. Several species of mammals, reptiles and amphibians are part of the eco-system in the wadi. Visitors also get a chance to spot the endangered Arabian tahr, a type mountain goat/sheep indigenous to the region. Another popular attraction in the wadi is Wurayah Dam and the natural reserve.
The Wadi Wurayah waterfall is an excellent location to take Insta-worthy photos. Moreover, the Wadi Wurayah National Park, Islamic Graveyards and Iron Age settlements are some of the other major attractions at Wadi Wurayah.
Note: Some parts of the Wadi Wurayah are protected and undergoing renovation to maintain the delicate ecosystem of the area. Trips to the area require special permits. For more information, contact the Wadi Wurayah National Park administration at +971-9-222-7000 or write an email to email@example.com.
WADI AL HAYL
Located at the southwest of Fujairah, Wadi Hayl is well worth visiting because of its picturesque views of the mountains, archaeological sites and palm farms. Like other wadis in Fujairah, Hayl has intricate natural streams and small pools of water.
While taking a trip to the wadi, visit the ancient Al Hayl Castle, which was built in 1830 BC. Visiting the castle is one of the best things to do in Fujairah, particularly for history buffs. The castle was once home to the ruling family in Fujairah. Currently, the Department of Antiquities and Heritage maintains the Al Hayl Castle in Fujairah.
Wadi Bih or Wadi Al Bayh is another majestic location in Fujairah for adventure buffs and birdwatchers alike. The wadi is fondly called the Grand Canyon of the UAE and tourists visit the area to explore the gorgeous mountain trails. Another way to explore the wadi is to drive through the winding roads in a 4-wheel SUV.
Those looking for an adventure in Fujairah can be a part of the coveted Wadi Bih Run held each year since 1993. This year the Wadi Bih Run will be held on March 14, 2020. The registration cost for the Wadi Bih Run is AED 1500. For more details please contact +971-50-800-8520.
Wadi Siji Fujairah offers amazing views of the natural streams and pools. The wadi is surrounded by beautiful farms. The wadi is also known for the Wadi Siji Dam, one of the oldest dams in the UAE. Constructed in the seventies, the dam is a popular attraction in the wadi.
Another popular Fujairah wadi is Sidr, the valley comprises of hilly terrains with camels and goats casually grazing around the area. Wadi Sidr in Fujairah is good for a mountainous hike allowing visitors to explore the intricate rock formations along the trails. Furthermore, Wadi Sidr Fujairah is your go-to barbecue spot in the great outdoors. Make sure to pack your barbecue grills for a memorable meal in the mountains in Fujairah.
Wadi Ham, the longest wadi in Fujairah is another gem worth-exploring in Hajar Mountain range. Running between Fujairah and Masafi, Wadi Ham is a popular attraction in the region. Tourists and locals frequent the area to visit the Al Bithnah Fort, an ancient structure that was once a symbol of might in a bygone era.
WADI SHOWKA FUJAIRAH
Next on our list of Fujairah wadis is the Wadi Showka located on the border, between the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah. Hence making it a convenient getaway spot for residents of both emirates. Wadi Showka Fujairah and the Showka Dam Loop, in particular, is one of the most popular hiking spots in the UAE.
Located on the Masafi-Dibba Road, Wadi Sana is one of the top spots for camping in the UAE. Driving to the wadi is an adventure as well. The picturesque road takes visitors to the heart of the valley. While driving to the wadi, you will notice that the surroundings start to slowly shift from dry deserts to rocky mountainous terrains before leading up to a plateau with gorgeous views below.
Some of the best activities to indulge in at Wadi Sana is camping, mountain biking and hiking. Don’t forget to pack some extra blankets and warm clothes as temperatures drop significantly at night.
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND BEFORE VISITING FUJAIRAH WADIS
- The best time to visit the aforementioned wadis is between October and March as the weather is pleasant during these months.
- Please note that some of the areas in Wadi Hayl and Wadi Wurayah have a sensitive ecosystem.
- Public entry to Wadi Wurayah is permissible through an official permit from the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment.
- Littering is strictly prohibited in archaeological sites and other areas in the wadis. It may lead to a hefty fine.
- Pack extra warm clothes, blankets, shoes, socks, first aid kids, insect repellents and comfortable sleeping bags, if you plan to camp. Make sure you have a local guide to assist you in navigating the area.
That’s all on our list of Fujairah wadis for you to explore. Apart from these wadis, Wadi Tayyibah and Wadi Wana are worth a visit as well. Fujairah has a lot to offer, it is the perfect spot to visit if you’re looking to take a trip around the UAE over a long weekend.
The emirate of Fujairah is easily accessible from the neighbouring emirates as well. Visitors arriving from Dubai can drive here, or book a ticket on the Dubai to Fujairah Bus for an easy and affordable commute.
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