Fujairah Collage

Fujairah Collage
Some distinctive landmarks in Fujairah

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Al Yaqout or Paint Ball is War in Fujairah

Mainly Natural Entertainment
You’re right. Unlike Abu Dhabi and Dubai there are not a lot of things you could call canned entertainment in Fujairah. That’s why it is such a great place to be.

You have to make your own fun from doing natural things at the beach and in the mountains.

However, there are some new features and they are cropping up along the Fujairah corniche (on the town side rather than the sea side).

Paint Ball
One of the newer activities is called Paint Ball or Al Yaqout in Arabic. It involves putting on (hiring) overalls and helmets, loading a gun and engaging in warfare over a large area with paint as your ammunition.

It is in the suburb of Al Gurfah. Coming from the bottom of the main street and heading towards Oman, Al Yaqout is half a kilometer on from the bull butting arena and just before you reach the next roundabout.

Opening Hours: 9.00am to 12.00pm and 3.00pm to 12.00am

Contact details, to make a booking for yourself or for two groups to conduct a paint war, are +971 50 490 7337 or P O Box 605, Fujairah. I am unsure whether you can just rock up and join in with a battle.

Cost: Dh75 for each person for a game. This includes hiring all the armor and weaponry.

Rules: The rules of war are listed on the notice board. They are all in Arabic and most of the attendants speak Bengali.

Let the Battle Begin
It looks fun if you are looking to let off some superfluous nervous energy. Not much delight for pacifists.

You don’t have to take your war paint. It is all provided.

Can anybody tell me what Al Yaqout means in Arabic?

Dr Geoff Pound

Image: Images from Fujairah’s Al Yaqout (Click to enlarge).


Waleed said...

Hi Dr. Geoff,

fascinating battle I thought it was, Is it ??

Al yaqoot means Rubies which are known for their intense red colour, and are among the most highly valued precious gemstones. Rubies have been treasured for millennia. In Sanskrit, the word for ruby is “ratnaraj”, meaning “king of precious stones.” (thanks for google)

Geoff Pound said...

Shukran (thanks) for this translation Waleed.

I was waiting for someone to say this. Rubies are a blood colour so that is what happens when you get shot in paint ball!!