Fujairah plans health centre at Al Ghamoor sulphur spring

FUJAIRAH — The government of Fujairah is planning to invest in the famous Al Ghamoor sulphur water spring, turning it into a health centre and a tourist destination competing with international health institutions, especially those in Eastern Europe.

By Salah El Deberki

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Published: Sat 18 Dec 2004, 11:12 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:30 PM

This was revealed by Shaikh Saeed bin Saeed Al Sharqi, Chairman of the Fujairah Tourist Office in an exclusive interview with Khaleej Times.

Shaikh Saeed said that the government is seriously considering to benefit from the well-known curative effects of the spring’s sulphur water and the surrounding beautiful landscape to attract tourists and visitors from countries worldwide.

The spring has been attracting visitors from the UAE and the Gulf states as well as other countries for decades. Despite the achievements in the medical and pharmaceutical fields, the spring is still targeted by patients who are convinced with the water’s curative effects on different diseases including joints and back pains, skin diseases and rheumatism, he noted.

The situation prompted the government to utilise the spring and the surrounding area in order to attract more visitors; to provide the best healthcare services that are internationally competent; and to ensure the comfort of the visitors and patients,” he said.

An optimal health centre included different units for physiotherapies will be established to provide integrated health services to visitors of Al Ghamoor spring, he said, adding that those physiotherapy units might be established as part of a big hotel that would enable providing accommodation and health services.

Situated at about 20 kms from the south of Fujairah and at 6 kms off the main road that leads to Ohala, the spring is surrounded by valleys, a beautiful landscape with different types of trees including the palm and ‘Al Arak’ trees. The sharp smell of sulphur tells a visitor how much he or she became closer. Besides, along the valley, the spring’s water runs in streams which has edges covered by the white sulphur residues.

A natural pool of about 6.25 square meter area forms the spring whose 60 degrees temperature water flows from between the rocks and pushes up from the deep crust of the earth. Two staff were assigned just to hold the visitor and enable getting the targeted part of the body into the water. The high temperature pushes the patient to pull out of the water just after a few seconds.

To help reduce the heat of the water, a 40 metre-long passage was established. As water passes through it gets cooler. At the end of the passage a pool of 4x6 metres area was built for patients to be able to swim in.

The Municipality has also established a number of canopies under which visitors may have a rest and enjoy their time, the beautiful landscape and the weather.

An abattoir has also been established for those who wish to slaughter cattle while spending their weekends amid the valleys and farms.

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