Shopping at Fujairah’s Hilton Bazaar
A good place to purchase a wide range of Emirati and Middle Eastern items in Fujairah is the Hilton Hotel at the Coffee Pot Roundabout (see photo above) in Faseel, at the northern end of the corniche.
Even if you are not staying at the Hilton for the weekend you’d be welcome to pop in for a look at the bazaar. Go inside the main revolving door and proceed through the next set of doors and the souk is on the left just before you get to the pool, the hotel beach, the fitness centre and the restaurant.
There is a majlis (Emirati tent) in which to sit down for members of the family who hate shopping or when you need a break.
Usually there are Emirati and Bengali men in attendance who can speak to you in English, Arabic, Bengali and a few other languages.
While the hotel is open 24 hours a day, the bazaar is available for shopping every day from 9.00am to 10.00pm.
Here is a handy tip for dealing with shopkeepers at the Hilton souk and throughout the Emirates: Get to the shop when it opens so you are the first customer. Shopkeepers always want to make a sale with the first customer of the day because for them it is a sign of good luck that signals that they will have a good day.
Because a picture is worth a thousand words I have posted a photographic gallery to illustrate the range of items available.
Photo Gallery Link:
Shopping for Middle Eastern Gifts in Fujairah, Facebook Photo Album.
Dr Geoff Pound
Image: The Souk (market) inside the Hilton Hotel, Fujairah, UAE.