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

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Want to Go Fishing in Fujairah?

Fishing is one of the most popular pastimes in the world and people of Fujairah would agree. Just note the ‘Fish’ roundabout at the Fujairah International Marine Club and ponder the importance of this symbolism.

Fishing and agriculture have supported life on this eastern emirate for thousands of years.

The shoosh boats that will be racing this Friday 13 November are traditional fishing boats used for fishing with lines, nets and traps.

Beach Fishing
It you don’t want to take this too seriously you can easily get a fishing reel at a local fishing shop (on Al Gurfa Road, parallel with the corniche or on the corniche in the suburb of Rugaylat—see this article at the 3.6km mark. I bought a reel for only Dh6!)

Boat Fishing
The best way to do it is to go out with someone who knows the spots to fish--someone who can help you with fishing lines and bait.

To a ‘Fishing Fan’ in Dubai who wrote to me this week asking about fishing boats in Fujairah, I sent this information:

Boat Hirage
A number of boats are available for hire from the Fujairah International Marine Club, some that must be used with a skipper from the FIMC, while others can be driven by users who are 18 years of age and who are in possession of a current UAE driver’s license. Life jackets and essential safety equipment come with the boat and are supplied as part of the hire fee.

Name: ‘Marina 1’
Size: 33 feet x 8 feet
Engines: 2 x Yamaha 200 HP
Capacity: 7 persons maximum
Toilet: Available
Skipper: Included
Rate: 400 AED per hour

Name: ‘Marina 2’
Size: 31 feet x 8 feet
Engines: 2 x Yamaha 115 HP
Capacity: 7 persons maximum
Toilet: Not available
Skipper: Included
Rate: 400 AED per hour

Charter Companies
A range of boats are operated by private charter companies from the Fujairah Marina. These are boats of many sizes, designed for fishing (including sports, trawling, fly and bottom fishing), pleasure outings, diving trips, short excursions or overnight expeditions as far as the Musamdam Peninsula.

Al Areesh
Operator: Ahmed Ali Ahmed Al Balooshi
Ph: +971 50 4334969; +971 (0)9 2222864

Deep Sea Fishing Fujairah
Operator: Wayne de Jager
Ph: +971 50 484 9970
Web Site:

UAE Charters
UAE Charters is a division of Royal Segrex which offers several charter vessels for cruises, adventure sport, fishing or exploring the Fujairah coastline and Oman’s Musandam Peninsula.
Ph:+971 (0)4 2229007
Web Site:

Dr Geoff Pound

Geoff can be contacted by email at geoffpound(at) on Facebook and Twitter.

Image: The smile on the face of this Fujairah fisherman says it all. (Photograph courtesy of Fujairah photographer, Alan Nambiar).