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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What people are saying about Sharjah
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.
An enjoyable half day tour of Dubai city. A well organised tour and very nice guide who managed to keep track of everyone on the tour. He spoke good English and German. It was a very hot day but the bus had great air conditioning. We had enough time at all the stops per itinerary. The bus is unable to go close to the Burg al Arab so it was a bit hot to walk all the way but still able to take a photo from the distance. I thought the Fort museum was great. His Royal Highness’s Palace was great to see also. The Abra ride to the Souks was fun. The souks were as expected a lot of annoying people trying to sell you their gold and spices. It just puts me off looking and perhaps buying. But all the same good to experience it. I thought it was fabulous value and took the hassle out of trying to visit in the heat by ourselves. I would therefore definitely recommend this tour!!
Sam (our tour guide) was excellent. He was informative, helpful, attentive and polite. He pointed out interesting places as we drove through Dubai. He took pictures for the whole group and made the experience even more special with his personal detail. He got us all chatting and when one of our party took unwell as the motion of the trip didn’t agree with her he was considerate and kind. He used distraction (talking to the unwell person about their job, family, hobbies) and kept them calm until we left the desert. The whole day was enjoyable and a must for visitors to Dubai.
We had a great trip with James. He was knowledgeable and helpful throughout the whole tour. The customer service was excellent, we initially booked a morning tour but we were left waiting for much longer than the stated time. To make up for that we were upgraded to a evening BBQ and this time the pick up (by James) was prompt and at the time expected.
What a great trip so much fitted in and driver was so skilled. Thought we would die but writing this now so clearly survived. I am not good with motion sickness but just got a slight headache which is good for me. The desert was strange and enchanting. Looked like a baked Alaska. Photos of a lifetime. Don’t eat before you go haha.