At the end of Ramadan, there is a few days for celebration after breaking the fast. This is a time where just about everyone in the UAE gets a few days off work. For Emiratis, its a time to spend with families and close friends for some fairly large feasts, for laborers its a rare chance to relax for a few days in a row and for expats its a time for travel. So we chose to check out Fujairah for the beaches and diving. In the picture you don't really see anyone on the beach as it was around 42 degrees C (107 F) so you didn't want to dwell outside for too long. We dove the small rock island in the distance, called Dibba Rock. The water was refreshing to get out of the heat. Many people opt for a wetsuit (shorty in summer to full length in winter) but I was fine with my rashguard and board shorts. My wife wore a 3mil full wet suit and she said that was about right for her, so it varies by person you might say. The visibility varied from 3m to around 10m, with the average somewhere inbetween. I heard this was about average but can get to 20m vis in the best of conditions. The dive shop staff there are friendly and helpful; they also do not charge extra for a divemaster to guide the dive. I found it very peculiar that other dive operators would even consider taking customers out on unguided boat dives for places they've never been before! Anyways, we were staying there so it was an easy decision. After a couple nights we headed to the city of Fujairah. There isn't much to see there other than the huge mosque that had yet to be open in mid-2013. I'm not sure where it will be placed on the list of world's largest mosques, but it will be up there. Fujairah has a mall off course, with another under construction. From expats I met that had lived there for years, there has been quite a lot of changes lately and the area has experienced rapid growth and development (just as the rest of the UAE). Hope you enjoy the pics
is on a decades old journey to experience the world.