View of part of the Fujairah Corniche and the Hajar Mountains in the Background

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Fujairah: Don't Sell Off the Beaches

In announcing the new luxury Iberotel Hotels and Resorts in Fujairah this week, there were some revealing insights as to how property in the eastern emirate is being developed.

In contrast to Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, which are continuing freehold development, Fujairah is concentrating on the establishment of hotels and resorts.

The Iberotel proposal will feature two hotels, shopping and dining facilities, as well as a spa and a raft of leisure activities. The Miramar Al Aqah Beach Resort should be open next month.

This style of property development is based on the premise that the east coast beaches are beautiful, ideal for a lazy holiday in the sun, offering attractive coral reefs for divers and those wanting to fish.

Fujairah is perceived as a slow, ‘get-away’ emirate where land is still relatively cheap, the seaside air is pure enough to be inhaled and the mountains provide archaeological and ecological treasures for the curious and energetic.

One caution to sound is the privatisation of the coastland. Even on the Fujairah corniche plans are being staked out for greater lengths of the beach to become part of new and existing resorts with access only to customers who paid a charge.

Furthermore, one of the pleasures of a beach is to be able to stroll along the promenade while getting a clear and sustained view of the sea. It would be a great mistake if the sensational views out to the eastern sea are blocked and hidden behind high rise hotels.

Geoff Pound

For more information, check out the blog posting, ‘Fujairah Sticks to resorts, Dubai Sticks to Property, 20 August 2007.

Image: The Fujairah beach and sea.