United Arab Emirates / Emirates
Other spellings: Al-Fujairah, Al-Fujaira, Fujaira, Al-Fujayrah, Al-Fujayra, Fujayra
Much of the economy of Fujairah is based upon agriculture and fishing. Fujairah does less to attract investments than other emirates, and non-nationals cannot own land. Still, Fujairah has established a free trade zone, formed around the leading sea port on the Gulf of Oman. This port has been promoted as a new alternative, in periods when the Persian Gulf has been struggling with unrest and war.
Fujairah also receives subsidies from the federal government. Tourism facilities are under development, located to the northernmost section of the coast, near the border to Omani Musandam.
Petroleum concessions have been granted on Fujairah territory, but as of yet, oil production has not yet begun.
Local industries of Fujairah produce marble, tiles, insulation, concrete blocks, cement, tyres and shoes.
1952: Gains independence from Sharjah.
1971 December 2: Fujairah joins the United Arab Emirates, along with all present emirates except Ras al-Khaimah that would join the following year.
1975: Fujairah abandons its own red flag in favour of the federation's shared flag.
1995: An oil refinery is put into production, with a 30,000 b/d capacity, allowing exports directly to the Gulf of Oman.
||By Tore Kjeilen