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FUJEIRAH is one of the seven Emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, and the only one on the Gulf of Oman in the country's east instead of Persian Gulf (the other six emirates). The Emirate of Fujairah covers 1,150 km2 (440 sq mi), or about 1.5% of the area of the UAE, and is the fifth largest Emirate in the UAE. Its population is around 130,000 inhabitants. Only the Emirate of Umm al-Quwain has fewer occupants. Fujairah is the only Emirate of the UAE that is almost totally mountainous. All the other Emirates, like Dubai and Abu Dhabi are located on the west coast, and are largely covered by desert. Consequently, Fujairah boasts a higher than average yearly rainfall of the UAE, allowing farmers in the region to produce one crop every year. The weather is seasonal, although it is warm for most of the year. The months of October to March are generally regarded as the coolest, with daytime temperatures averaging around 25 °C (77 °F) and rarely venturing above 30 °C (86 °F)—with temperatures climbing to over 40 °C (104 °F) degrees in the summer. The winter period also coincides with the rainy season and although by no means guaranteed, this is when Fujairah experiences the bulk of its precipitation. Rainfall is higher than the rest of the UAE, partly because of the effect of the mountains that encircle the Emirate, and partly because the prevailing winds are easterly bringing with them water-laden clouds off the warm Indian Ocean. The variability of the east coast climate is partly due to the presence of the Hajar mountain range. As with other mountainous areas, precipitation is higher, and this allows for a more varied micro-environment in the area. Tourist visitor numbers peak just before the school summer months.


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Masafi is a village located on the edge of the Hajar Mountains in the United Arab Emirates. It developed along the old unpaved road which ran from Fujairah to Dubai via Sharjah. It was a trading post and refueling stop for 4x4 vehicles and camel trains that plied the route before the modern highways were built in the 1970s. The village is divided into two parts. The larger belongs to the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah while the smaller belongs to the emirate of Fujairah. Symbolizing the historic division between the two emirates is an unfinished building straddling the boundary. This building was a scene of fighting when its ownership was disputed. Eventually, the conflict was ended by the acquisition of the offending construction by the Federal Government.


Dhaid, or Al Dhaid, is the capital of the central district of the Emirate of Sharjah. It is a large agricultural town surrounded by fertile land. It is sixty kilometers from Sharjah and 100 kilometers from Fujairah.

Ras Al Khaimah is one of the Emirates of the United Arab Emirates, in the east of the Persian Gulf. It is in the northern part of the UAE bordering Oman. The capital city and home of most residents is also called Ras al-Khaimah. The city has a population of 263,217 as of 2008. The city has two main sections, Old Ras Al Khaimah and Nakheel, on either side of a creek. It is served by the Ras Al Khaimah International Airport in Al Jazirah Al Hamra.

Ras Al Khaimah has been the site of human habitation for several millennia and there are many historical and archaeological sites throughout the emirate dating from different time periods, including remnants of the Umm Al Nar Civilisation (3rd Millennium BC).
The city was historically known as Julfar. Archaeological evidence has demonstrated that the settlement known as Julfar shifted location over time as harbor channels silted up. Excavations of a sizable tell, which revealed remnants of a Sassanid Era fortification indicate that early Julfar was located in the Shamal area, not far from other sites of historical/archaeological interest such as Sheba's Palace and the largest Umm Al Nar tombs found on the Arabian Peninsula. Sources say that Julfar was inhabited by the Azd (They were a branch of the Kahlan tribe, which was one of the two branches of Qahtan (the aboriginal Arabs), the other being Himyar.) during the eighth and ninth centuries AD, and that the houses of the Azd were built of wood. In the early 18th century the Qawasim clan established itself in Ras al-Khaimah.

In the early 19th century a British naval force attacked and occupied Ras al Khaimah to put a stop to the powerful hold of the maritime powerful Quwasem tribe. The Quwasem served as a threat to the British imperialism, and endangered the ships in the Indian Ocean. After British occupation (18 December 1819 - July 1821), Sheikh Sultan bin Saqr al-Qasimi signed in 1822 the General Maritime Treaty with Britain, accepting a protectorate to keep the Ottoman Turks out. Like Ajman, Dubai, Umm al-Quwain and Sharjah, its position on the route to India made it important enough to be recognized as a salute state. In 1869 Ras al-Khaimah became fully independent from neighboring Sharjah. However from September 1900 to 7 July 1921 it was re-incorporated into Sharjah; the last governor became its next independent ruler.

Hamra Hotels and Resorts (Hamra) was established in 1996 with a mission to develop and operate unique hotels and resorts in Ras Al Khaimah and in the United Arab Emirates. The name Hamra derives from the ancient Arabian name given to the color of the sands of the majestic Hajjar Mountains, which dominate the skyline in the north of the Arabian Peninsula. Driven by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi the Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah, Hamra Hotels and Resorts has grown to become today the leading hotel developer and operator in the region, with stunning new hotel projects soon to be launched in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Hamra Hotels and Resorts is driven by the passion to create and offer guests exceptional comfort and outstanding service, in hotels and resorts which are destinations in their own right, retaining their individuality and character. Our Hotels combine the highest qualities of expertise in operational management and service with fresh design, creating unique products and offering an effortless comfort for you.

Hamra Hotels and Resorts is a specialist in the development and management of hotels and resorts and it is committed to delivering outstanding quality and commerciality within the global hospitality marketplace, to the benefit of its guests, partners and owners. In 2008 Hamra Hotels and Resorts embarked on an ambitious expansion plan acquiring 6 stunning new properties in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, including the 7 star -The Palace Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates.