For divers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the region, Fujairah is more than a quiet coastal emirate – it is an underwater paradise teeming with various species of fish and corals. But this best-kept secret of Arabia is bound to get global as Fujairah maps out a plan to build the world’s largest coral garden.
During the recent launch of the initiative, the UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and the Fujairah Centre for Adventures signed a memorandum of understanding to construct the garden. “Such agreements are important to help preserve the pristine natural beauty of the region and its precious marine environment,” said Saeed Al Muamari, director of the Fujairah Centre for Adventures.
“The project is the largest in the world and will help boost local and international interest in the coral reef and the marine environment,” he also said in a report.
While the exact location is yet to be determined, what is certain is that it will be easily accessible and will fall within a protected area at least one nautical mile from the shore.
Details on when this project will be completed are not yet available, but we will definitely update you soon as we get more information.
(Source: The National)
What’s in it for MICE?
Surrounded with stunning natural sceneries from the mountains to the sea, Fujairah is an excellent option for groups looking for an adventure beyond the metropolis. Without the glistening skyscrapers and the hustle and bustle of the big city, Fujairah thrives on the splendours of its idyllic environment that is all too serene and relaxing for anybody to pass up on.
Ideal for small groups of 10 to 20, diving is indeed a must-do activity for MICE travellers visiting Fujairah. Five-star hotels and resorts are also operating across the emirate, so superb accommodation and function venues are guaranteed.
Here are a number of our partners in the emirate:
Nestled amongst the hidden valleys of the Hajjar Mountains, Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort lies along the coastal region of Dibba, the second largest town in the emirate of Fujairah.
Set against a dramatic backdrop of rugged terrain, guests can discover a destination lauded for its natural beauty, with archeological and heritage sites easily accessible from the resort.
As Fujairah’s only art-inspired resort, this grand sanctuary comprises 180 guest rooms and suites, all of which feature either marina or ocean views. Surrounded by nature and luxury, discover an intimate collection of stunning meeting spaces, all enhanced with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology and sophisticated presentation elements.
• Five-star beach property
• 180 guest rooms & suites
• One ballroom capable of accommodating 120 guests in theatre style
• Two additional breakout rooms
• Five F&B outlets
Fairmont Fujairah is a luxurious hotel with statement art pieces everywhere. Its interiors, architecture and world-class facilities have all worked together to bring out an undiscovered paradise in the emirate. A boutique property, Fairmont Fujairah showcases a brand of hospitality that features a personal touch on top of well-appointed meeting rooms and 180 exquisitely furnished rooms. This hotel is a highly recommended option for a MICE programme in the East Coast.
Scheduled to open in October 2017, InterContinental Fujairah is situated along Al Aqah Beach. Surrounded by breathtaking views of the endless Arabian Sea, this resort is all set to bear the InterContinental brand of luxury known all over the world.
Whilst paying homage to the region’s rich and vibrant heritage, InterContinental Fujairah will feature clean, modern architecture and a wide range of business and leisure facilities.
• Five-star beach property
• 190 guest rooms & suites
• One ballroom capable of accommodating 320 guests in theatre style
• Two additional breakout rooms
• Lush gardens & a beach area for outdoor events
• Three F&B Outlets
InterContinental Fujairah promises a new upscale level of service to the already excellent Al Aqah stretch of the emirate. With beautifully landscaped gardens, good meeting facilities and enough rooms for a large group, this property will be one to look out for.
LET’S NOT FORGET …
Before the Fairmont and the InterContinental properties came into the picture, Fujairah is home to a range of hotels that have long been favorites of both local and international travellers. Here we have two other hotels known for the quality of their service and their dedication to providing the best experience for guests.
Le Méridien Al Aqah
This chic Indian Ocean resort with iconic architecture is set against the extraordinary backdrop of the Hajjar Mountains, among lush gardens and with its own private stretch of sandy beach.
Renowned for its outstanding international cuisine and service, world-class rooms, and top-notch facilities, Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort is one of the most desirable luxury resorts in Fujairah. It also offers one of the best all-inclusive beach resort experiences in the region.
• 218 rooms and suites
• Spa and leisure facilities
• Nine F&B outlets
• A ballroom that can accommodate 480 guests in theatre style
• Breakout rooms and outdoor venues
The excellent range of venue options at Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort gives us a lot of room for creativity and flexibility in putting a programme together. Be it an outdoor beach activity, a workshop indoors, or a garden reception, the property can definitely handle it.
Swaying palms, picturesque water features, lush green gardens and a pristine sandy beach create a tranquil setting for this resort haven on the East Coast.
Doing away with the usual pizzazz and putting premium on comfort and relaxation instead, Fujairah Rotana has designed its rooms and venues in a casual atmosphere. Imagine a palazzo-style resort with sun-washed terraces, balconies, and manicured gardens.
• 250 rooms and suites
• Six F&B options
• Two swimming pools
• Spa, fitness and sports facilities
• One ballroom that can accommodate 300 guests in theatre style
• Five breakout rooms
Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa has all the necessities that we need either for a small company meeting or a large-scale social event. We can also make the most of the property’s acres of beach and garden spaces for banquets, team-building activities and more.