Top attractions in Sharjah
Though Sharjah may not have all the glam of its neighbor Dubai, the UAE's third largest city offers a spectrum of attractions for visitors to soak up a great cultural scene, complete with museums, souqs, and art galleries.
Don't miss the Sharjah Fountain show, with a multimedia extravaganza of lasers, sound and light. There's also a bevy of entertainment and dining options for kids and adults.
The museum in a former souq at the waterfront not only focuses on Islam, but also on great cultural accomplishments. Bonus points: sip a cup of mint tea under its mosaic dome!
Completed in 2005, this beautiful mosque on the Khalid Lagoon reflects Ottoman influences in its architectural design. The public may visit by guided tour on Mondays at 10:00AM.
This modern structure houses a thousand years of seafaring history in the Persian Gulf. Also on display is ""the Pearl,"" which archaeologists claim is 7,000 years old.
Among the 100 classics on exhibit, ranging from Bentleys to Rolls Royces, are some real gems like a 1915 Dodge and a 1969 bulletproof Mercedes 600 Pullman.
Coral reefs, mangroves, and lagoons form habitats for over 250 marine species, such as sharks, rays, and eels. There's even an underwater tunnel to see many fish up close.
Located at the Desert Park, this center boasts the largest collection of fauna on the Arabian peninsula, including Oryx antelope, Arabian leopards, birds and reptiles.
Count on three days in Sharjah to enjoy its attractions. Add one or two more if you plan to take a day-trip to Dubai or decide to set out on an excursion into the desert.
There is a public bus system in Sharjah, along with buses that connect it with other locations in the UAE (Dubai Airport is 15 minutes from central Sharjah). When traveling by taxi, it's recommended to use authorized metered taxis. If you do go for an unmetered taxi, negotiate the price beforehand.
You'll find the majority of accommodations in the city's central business district, stretching from Al Sharq to Al Majaz, and along the beaches of al Khan in the al Khaledia suburb.
Sharjah is the most conservative of the seven emirates, and it's expected that both men and women follow an equally conventional dress code in public. If you're looking for a night on the town with a cocktail or two, then you'll have to head to Dubai, as Sharjah is completely 'dry.'
- CurrencyAED (United Arab Emirates dirham)
- Time ZoneUTC (+04:00)
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- Best time to visitThough there is air conditioning to escape the scorching summer sun, best to visit Sharjah from November - February when the cooler temperatures allow for roaming around outside.
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Our guide Mohammed Boraik was friendly, enthusiastic and highly skilled at dune bashing. We really enjoyed all the activities at the camp including various performances, dinner and sand boarding.
We were greeted by our guide at our hotel as the designated pickup. We were running 15 mins late but were assured that the guide would wait for us. We shared the vehicle with 6 other people for the duration of the activity which was a little cramped but expected. The sand duning activity was extremely fun and went for the right amount of time. The guide was careful to ensure that no one felt sick or nauseous and offered to stop if anyone did. The camel riding and meal at the end was delicious and offered an insight into the life of the locals with 3 different dance exhibitions. We'd highly recommend anyone looking to experience a cultural tour of old dubai embark on this adventure.
Allam is very accommodating and with my senior sister. He let her to sit in front to be comfortable because she’s very nervous. And she had wonderful time riding, we hope to see him again next time in Dubai. Good job Allam
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