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.'
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- Though 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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From start to finish this was a superb experience. Loads packed into just a few hours but nothing felt rushed. Our guide, Kassim, was absolutely superb: really friendly and knowledgeable, and very funny. The optional quad biking wasn’t cheap but such good fun, and well worth the money. Sand dune driving was excellent - and we felt very safe in Kassim’s hands, even when a tyre popped off the rim part way down a dune, which added to the excitement! Sand boarding was excellent - nothing beats a mouthful of sand when you realise you’re not as good on a surfboard as you imagined!! The Bedouin camp, whilst ‘touristified’ was still a great experience - good food, a range of activities, very sociable, and with great entertainment throughout the evening. And some great conversation with Kassim on the journeys to and from the hotel/desert which gave us a great insight into Dubai. All in all a fabulous experience due to great organisation, but ultimately to our superb guide Kassim. Thank you.
Our driver Bali was very friendly & superb on the dunes. Extreme dune experience is the correct description. The desert heat at 4pm was extreme at 44 degrees but well worth it. It does however cool off towards the evening Was pleasantly surprised by the aircons used at the camp where we had dinner even though they were set to operate at 35 degrees. Made a big difference... It was an evening of relaxing under the stars, entertaining shows & scrumptuous food. The Henna tattoos/ dress up and photographs and falcon experience all good. Bali went out of his way to make sure that we were comfortable and didn't lack anything. The sunset in the desert was beautiful especially with the backdrop of the dunes and the camels. The only thing I was a bit dissappointed in was the stargazing at the end when the lights were switched off. Not as dark/clear as expected because, as soon as the lights were switched off, the guests switched on their bright LED flashlights on their cellphones. 10++
Bought by internet, when we were at home yet, 6000km away. Next day got email with question where do I stay to set pick up location. I day before received what's up message with details of pick up time and contact from our guide. Guide picked us up from arranged location. Amazing! As to the trip, 3 stages: 1) desert Safari 2) quad ride (optional) 3) sand boarding 4) camel ride Desert Safari great if you like extreme ride. Advice: do not eat too much breakfast or take medicine if you suffer car sick. It is really extremely and great! As to quad ride stop, it was optional for us, extra paid. Just wait 20 min and the ride is continued. As to sand boarding - for us it was too short. I thought we will do it at the end of the trip, so we skied only twice. Two advices: ask the guide to repeat as many times as you wish. 2nd advice:buy sand masks or scarf, because in the desert there is a heavy wind with sand. So you cannot breath without! And get As tall shoes as you can.
We were picked up from the hotel on time and our guide was good too. We had a lot of fun in the dune bashing on the red dunes. It went on for a good 30 mins and then we were taken to the tent. Camel ride was ok and felt pitty on them as they were tired and were bit bruised. Because of Ramzan, the belly dance was not performed but the fire show was good. The sheesha was descent. We were dissapointed with the dining experience as I had heard its a must have experience. The food was cold and tasteless. Chicken was rubbery and the soup was too thick. On the other hand the fruits were tasty and salad was eatable.
Just amazing from start to finish! We booked a private tour and were messaged the day before to confirm all the arrangements. The driver for the tour was Munaf and he was so friendly and lovely with our son who was 9 years old. He had so much knowledge about Dubai and the area but was full of ideas and very sweet to us all.