Fujairah Collage

Fujairah Collage
Some distinctive landmarks in Fujairah

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

T.G.I Friday Market at Fujairah

There are a host of reasons why people are thankful for the Friday Market in Fujairah’s township of Masafi.

Time Out
The Friday market is an ideal spot to break the journey from Dubai-Sharjah to Fujairah and stretch the legs. Approximately 30 minutes out from the east coast, the Friday Market is the place for a snack and to stock up on fresh vegetables and fruit.

If you are too comfortable to get out or it is too hot outside you can park your car in drive through fashion and the vendors will serve you through the car window. This is drive-thru Middle Eastern style.

In this land of malls the Friday Market offers a glimpse of what traditional buying and selling was like before the advent of hypermarkets with their check outs and credit card facilities. Some people think the Friday Market is tired and needs some sprucing up. The managers have recently added some in-your-face signage but it would be a pity if the traditional market was seduced into copying many of the features of a modern mall.

Happy Haggling
The Friday Market gives visitors a taste of authentic living throughout the emirate of Fujairah. It has a unique character shaped by its proximity to the mountains, wadis and the sea. At the Friday Market there is dust and grime instead of the polish and shine of the city. Price tags don’t come with the clay pots and Iranian carpets so one has the chance to experience the bartering and bargaining that people in these parts have done for centuries.

Friday Market?
Fancy a shopping strip named ‘Friday Market’ when it is open eight days a week! This is another example of how Fujairah is rough around the edges and full of delicious paradox. With no set trading hours the Friday Market opens when people are around and if you are coming through in the middle of the night you can still stop off and buy a mouth-watering mango or drink some refreshing coconut juice straight from the nut.

Watch the Gulf News Video Before You Travel

Buying Hats at Fujairah’s Friday Market, FIF.
Buy Yourself a Camel at the Friday Market, FIF.
Buying Oranges and Ouds at the Friday Market in Fujairah, FIF.
Friday Market for Pots and Containers, FIF.
Visit Fujairah for Good Cheap Carpets, FIF.
Picnicking Behind the Friday Market, FIF.
Visit Fujairah for the Friday Market and Tips on How to Barter, FIF.

How to Find the Friday Market
Directions from Dubai to Fujairah, FIF.

Check it out on Google Maps

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Geoff Pound

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