New Fujairah Marina Base
One of the advantages of Fujairah’s new ‘banana’ breakwater is the protection that it gives to seaplanes like those belonging to the Seawings operation in the UAE.
While Seawings has been arriving and departing from a base near the Al Aqah beach the seaplane company had many of their staff in Fujairah last Friday (9 October 2009) to investigate the feasibility of developing the Fujairah Marina as an additional base and one that is central to the east coast city.
Canadian, Scott Macdonald captained the trial flight last Friday morning. The winds were unusually strong for Fujairah but Captain Scott gave the base the thumbs up saying that the ‘banana’ offered superb protection and created smooth waters for landing and taking off.
The Fujairah Marina satisfies all the criteria necessary to function as a Seawings base and this flying company is appreciative of the invitation and support that has been given by the Fujairah International Marine Club through its Major, Ahmed Ibrahim Mohamed.
Fly to Fujairah and/or Back
For Abu Dhabi and Dubai-based residents and tourists thinking of coming to Fujairah for the weekend by seaplane, check out the features and rates for the Tours to the East Coast.
If you wanted to return by plane, visit the page entitled Tours from the East Coast.
Fujairah Aerial Tour
If you reside in Fujairah or will be staying in the eastern emirate for the weekend Seawings provides the East Coast Pearl Experience which is a 30 minute flight. This gives you the opportunity to see and take aerial pictures of Fujairah’s scenic coastline and get a bird’s eye view of the magnificent Hajar Mountains.
The flights leave from the Fujairah Marina (free car parking available) and return to the same location so the new Harbour Club (located in this facility) is a great place to get a coffee before you leave and celebrate with the drink of your choice upon your return.
At the moment these flights are available on Fridays and Saturdays but as demand picks up Seawings could be available on other days.
Ready for Take Off
Get a small group together, make an enquiry and place a booking at this link. Individual bookings are fine and you don't have to put a group together.
There are a variety of Seawings packages from and to different places around the UAE (Abu Dhabi, Ras al Khaimah etc.) so check these out or come up with your unique proposal for a chartered flight.
The current rate for the 30 minute East Coast Pearl Experience around Fujairah is Dh795 for an adult and Dh675 for a child.
Special Deal—5% Discount
When you book with Seawings tell them you saw this article about their flights on Fujairah in Focus and/or Experiencing the Emirates and you will receive a 5% discount. Do this by phoning Seawings at +971 (0)4 8070708 or emailing at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Get a Taste of the Seawings Experience
Check out this short video on the Seawings web site or follow this link for the Seawings YouTube Channel to see footage of flights around Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ras al Khaimah among the increasing number of videos.
Other Stories and Related Sites
BMW Oracle Objection to RAK More About Light Winds than Iranian Dangers, America’s Cup in the UAE, 9 October 2009.
UAE’s Gulf News Web Site Gets a Makeover, Experiencing the Emirates, 11 October 2009.
Have You Seen the New ‘Banana’ at Fujairah UAE? Fujairah in Focus, 10 October 2009.
Hugh MacLeod on the Key Element in the Best Stories, Stories for Speakers and Writers, 8 October 2009.
Dr Geoff Pound
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Image: Seawings plane arriving on its trial flight with Captain Scott Macdonald in the cockpit. The new Fujairah base with the distinctive ship-shaped marina building is in the background.