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AL FUJAIRAH, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Rocky Mountains

AL FUJAIRAH, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Rocky Mountains

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Each port we enter has a local pilot who comes onboard the Serenity – the tugboat gets close to a ladder at the side of our ship and the pilot hops onto it and climbs aboard. This port, by the way, is the 4th largest in the world –and it is a giant repository for gas and oil.

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We climbed up into a restored 13th century watchtower and got a good look down at an oasis filled with date palms.

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Fujairah is mountainous, unlike the other 6 mostly desert emirates of the UAE. They actually need those pick-up trucks! In fact, the country exports rocks to Dubai for building their off-shore islands.

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A sign of wealth for the Emiraties is to have an elaborate gate to their family home.

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The country is crisscrossed with wadi, deep crevices created by Nature. Since water is under the ground in the wadis, fruit trees, date palms and vegetables can be grow in them.

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Time to go home from daycare.

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The Friday Market – a roadside market.

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The Fujairah Fort, first constructed in 1670 – now partially restored as a museum. The small villages and forts were situated in remote valleys away from the seashore in an attempt to be hidden from Pirates in the days of old.

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