Travel in the United Arab Emirates

Roughly 40 minutes from Fujairah City is the Meridien Hotel Al Aqah, an imposing resort complex with all-sea views and sprawling pool with swim-up bar. Set on the clear waters of the Gulf of Oman, the Meridien has some of the best service in the country and a Filipino cover band wandering the premises. The beach bar serves great cocktails and mocktails, as well as fresh coconut milk (served in a coconut shell and straw). The Meridien also has reasonable day rates if you drive in to Fujairah and drive back at night. For $41 on weekdays,and $55 on weekends, you get full-day access to the resort plus a buffet lunch.

If you want to skip the road trip and see the UAE by air, the Meridien can arrange transport by seaplane; $324 per person for transfer from Dubai, $185 per person for an aerial tour of Fujairah. However you get there, the trip is well worth it. If nothing else, it shows that Dubaification as its limits – that not far away is something very different but just as good.

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