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“Small adventure with nice landscapes ”
Review of Al Hayl Castle

Al Hayl Castle
Ranked #7 of 37 things to do in Fujairah
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Reviewed December 4, 2017 via mobile

I've been to Al Hayl Castle several times already, as I consider this the only highlight in Fujairah worth showing to visitors.

The way to get there is rather hard to find, and the road can be hard to take, especially with a regular rental car. But always keep going after you've passed the dam, I think it's worth it. You'll be rewarded with the castle all for yourself, embedded into a nice mountain area that is super calming and gets magical when the Muezzin calls for prayer. The tour guides will open the castle for you and take you around. They are not well trained, but friendly and helpful. Try to make it on the towers, the views are definitely worth the climb. Oh, and ask the tour guides for leaflets. Yes, such thing exists, and it actually gives you a few information about the castle.
Would be great if fujairah tourism authority would spend at least a bit of effort to make this place more accessible and get the tour guides trained.
I'd still recommend visiting the place!

1  Thank Sven F
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Reviewed October 15, 2017

The road to Al Hayl Castle is very straightforward using Google Maps. You will go through a narrow road on the way to the top in between houses of locals living in the area. It might look a bit dodgy at first, but just keep going. Make sure to drive slow as the road gets quite narrow.

We went during the peak of summer in the afternoon so we had the whole place to ourselves. It is obviously best to visit during the cooler months (Nov-March) in the UAE.

This place is very well maintained. There is a friendly watchman once you reach your destination. There are no entrance fee, but we gave him a good tip since he showed us around and narrated the whole history of the place. He even let us climb the tower where we got to take great pictures of the views.

I definitely enjoy this place as it was a great escape from the usual hustle and bustle of Dubai.

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Reviewed September 23, 2017

Forget the nonsense about needing an SUV - there are a few meters of broken up road, but otherwise it is an easy, paved, and well-marked road to the end. Take the guide who lives there (don't forget a tip - we did 25 AED - maybe a little high). Great views of the Wadi below.

1  Thank Nicole B
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Reviewed August 26, 2017 via mobile

Amazing fort on top of mountain, near by the Fujairah airport road, minor off roading needes on parta of the road which is usually swept away by flash floods but the place is amazing to view, onsite guide is always available to show you all arround & tell about the history of the fort. Alos let me get on top of 4th floor for some pix. Highly recommended on anyones Fujairah visit!

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Reviewed July 19, 2017 via mobile

A bit of drive from the city through the wadis at the end will get you to this place. It gives insight to how forts played their roles in defence and resources protection

1  Thank Sami M
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