Things to do in Sharjah

Our most recommended things to do in Sharjah

Dubai: Red Dunes Desert Safari & Al Khayma Camp w/3Cuisines

1. Dubai: Red Dunes Desert Safari & Al Khayma Camp w/3Cuisines

Enjoy a day-to-evening journey across the Dubai Desert and feel the thrill of driving through red sand dunes. Visit a Bedouin desert camp, where you can partake in cultural activities and feast on a buffet with three cuisines, including Emirati, Moroccan, and Arabian, followed by a BBQ at sunset. Drive out of the city and head into the peaceful desert aboard a 4-wheel drive vehicle. When you arrive, enjoy a relaxing rest stop and go on an optional quad bike ride.  Next, sit back and strap in for a dune-bashing ride across the stunning red dunes of the Lehbab Desert. For an extra kick of adrenaline, get the chance to try out sandboarding. Continue to Al Khayma Camp and be welcomed with Arabic coffee, sweets, and dates. Say hello to the camp’s resident camels and, if you’d like, go on a 10-minute camel ride across the sand. During your time at the camp, you can smoke Shisha, try Henna painting, and meet the resident falcon expert and his loyal bird.  Savor three distinct cuisines at the Al Khayma Buffet: Emirati, Moroccan, and Arabian, followed by a live BBQ at sunset. While you eat, be entertained by a traditional Bedouin show. Finish your dinner on a sweet note as you indulge in various local desserts. As a final treat, the camp will go dark, giving you the opportunity to take in the peaceful ambiance of a desert night before being returned to your accommodation in Dubai.

Dubai: Half-Day Desert Safari, Camel Ride & Quad Bike Option

2. Dubai: Half-Day Desert Safari, Camel Ride & Quad Bike Option

After pickup from your hotel in a 4-wheel drive vehicle, head off with your local guide to the desert, just 45 minutes from Dubai. Upon reaching the Lahbab Desert, be welcomed into an air-conditioned tent with refreshments and time to relax. If you are feeling more adventurous, you can try some optional quad biking and take a ride over the beautiful red dunes of the Dubai desert. Next, you will hit the desert for a dune bashing experience in a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Feel your stomach leap as you ride up and down the tall red dunes. Marvel at how the vehicle tackles impossibly steep inclines and the uneven terrain of the sand.  After dune bashing, you will have a chance to try sandboarding or simply admire the scenery around you. Make sure you take plenty of photos of the scenic desert landscape.  Next, stop at the red dunes desert and enjoy a camel ride in the open desert. Then, relax in air-conditioned comfort as you enjoy soft drinks, water, and Arabic tea or coffee with dates before getting dropped back at your hotel in Dubai.

Dubai: Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride, and Buffet Dinner

3. Dubai: Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride, and Buffet Dinner

Explore the desert on this SUV tour from Dubai. Cruise up, down and through desert dunes in Land Cruiser. Drive an ATV over sand dunes before enjoying live entertainment and dinner at a Bedouin camp. Begin by exploring the desert and get a glimpse of the harshness and intensity of the desert sands. Later on, try dune bashing in a 4x4 Land Cruiser (which is fully equipped with all necessary safety features) and sandboarding on the silky red-sand dunes. Next up is the quad bike area, where you will receive a short briefing of safety instructions before enjoying the thrill of riding an ATV over the vast sands. Finally, relax in a traditional Bedouin-style camp, where you can indulge in activities like camel riding and henna painting. Enjoy being entertained by belly and folk dancers while eating a delicious barbecue dinner.

Dubai: Overnight Desert Safari, Camels, Dinner & Stargazing

4. Dubai: Overnight Desert Safari, Camels, Dinner & Stargazing

Enjoy a desert safari in Dubai. Ride a camel, enjoy exhilarating dune bashing, and have an authentic barbecue while enjoying the traditional dance. Then stay overnight in a Bedouin tent, and go on a camel trek the next day. After being collected from your accommodation in a comfortable 4WD vehicle, you will head to the Lahbab desert. Once in the desert, you will have some free time before your safari starts. Relax here or opt to go for a quad-bike ride while your vehicle for the off-road dune drive is prepared, the choice is yours. Next up you will enjoy a dune bashing ride, feel the adrenaline rush as your vehicle climbs up and slides down the sand dunes. Afterward, you can try sandboarding. Stand on the wooden board provided, balance yourself, and glide down over the sands. Next up, head to Al Khayma, a Bedouin-type campsite, where you will be led to your own tent (Khayma) inside the camp. After settling in here, you can taste Gahwa (Arabic coffee), Gaymat (sweets), and dates as a sign of welcome. Head out for a camel ride around the camp premises, and depending on the time and luck, view the sunset over the desert. Back at Al Khayma Camp, you can spend your time smoking shisha and henna painting. Don local Arabian clothes and pose for photos with a falcon. Enjoy a lavish barbecue buffet dinner while a Khaliji dancer keeps you entertained. When the camp lights are turned off, feel the essence and magic of the desert while stargazing with a telescope. Later, you will be taken by camel to a nearby camp area where a fire will be arranged for you. Learn how to make Arabic coffee or tea as you relax in the night sitting by the campfire, enjoying the silence of the desert and the dark sky above. Your desert guide will add to the fun with interesting desert stories, and when it’s time to sleep, you will return to the camp. You will retire back to your tent for an overnight stay. The following morning, wake up just before sunrise to witness a spectacular view. Your guide will take you to the desert with a camel caravan that is waiting outside the camp. Then go for a short camel trek capturing the nice view of the sunrise over the sand dunes. After camel trekking, you will return to your tent before eating a freshly cooked Arabian breakfast. Later, you will be driven back to Dubai and dropped off at your accommodation.

Dubai: Red Dune Safari, Camel Riding, Sandboarding & BBQ

5. Dubai: Red Dune Safari, Camel Riding, Sandboarding & BBQ

Explore the Dubai desert in the best ways possible: dune bashing in a Land Cruiser, on camelback, sandboarding, and with the option of enjoying a traditional Bedouin camp experience with a BBQ dinner and shows. After your pickup in Dubai, ride off into the desert in a 4x4 vehicle, sharing this thrilling adventure with family and friends. Experience dune bashing in a Land Cruiser and stop to try out sandboarding on the red dunes as well. Take photos of the brilliant desert sunset with your group at a Bedouin camp. Hop on a camel for a fun ride and try out henna painting in the evening. Sit back at a Bedouin camp and marvel at the entertainment of a traditional Tanura show and belly dancing performance. Savor the rich flavors of local food at a BBQ dinner with Arabic coffee, fresh dates, falafel, and shawarma.

Dubai: Quad Bike Safari & Al Khayma Camp Tour with Dinner

6. Dubai: Quad Bike Safari & Al Khayma Camp Tour with Dinner

Discover the Lahbab desert while taking part in desert adventures such as quad biking, sandboarding, camel rides, and more. Experience the best of what the desert has to offer on either a full or half-day experience from Dubai with roundtrip transportation. Begin with pickup your hotel or other selected location. Upon reaching the desert, get ready for quad biking and listen to a safety briefing. Then, set off on a quad bike ride over the beautiful red sand dunes. Try out other desert activities such as sandboarding and camel riding. After that, head to the Al Khayma desert camp (depending on the option selected) where you'll be welcomed with Arabian coffee and sweets. Enjoy camp activities such as camel rides, photos with falcons, henna tattoos, and shisha smoking, along with cultural performances while savoring a BBQ dinner. After the tour, return to your hotel or preferred location in Dubai.

Ras Al Khaimah: Afternoon Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner

7. Ras Al Khaimah: Afternoon Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner

Escape the heat and hassle of Ras Al Khaimah’s urban center on an afternoon and evening desert safari by 4WD vehicle. Following a pick-up from your hotel, relax in the air-conditioned off-road vehicle. Head to the desert dunes that surround the city, and admire views of the barren yet enchanting landscape on the way. Stop at a traditional camel farm to see herds of the magnificent hump-backed herbivores. Learn about the different types of camels commonly seen in the desert around Ras Al Khaimah. Continue across the desert plains in your 4WD vehicle, and arrive at a campsite where Arabic coffee and dates are offered as a welcome. Climb on the back of a camel for an optional guided tour around the encampment. Get a henna tattoo design on your hands or feet. Watch a traditional Tanourah folk dance, and feast on a delicious barbecue dinner. After dinner, smoke a shisha (Arabic water pipe) if you wish, and watch a live belly-dance performance. Relax under a canopy of twinkling stars, and enjoy an experience that could be straight out of “One Thousand and One Nights”!

Dubai: Evening Desert Safari with BBQ Buffet Dinner

8. Dubai: Evening Desert Safari with BBQ Buffet Dinner

Avoid the urban sprawl of Dubai on an action-packed experience in the desert. Drive across the dunes and visit a traditional Arabic Bedouin camp. Head to a Bedouin camp and experience the traditional Arabic reception of coffee and dates on arrival. See the camp at your own pace, cover yourself in traditional Arabic clothes, and take pictures. Have the opportunity to ride a camel and stop across the desert to watch the beautiful sunset. Enjoy having henna painted on your hands or feet. Listen to music while drinking tea or Arabic coffee at the campsite. Taste a delicious barbecue dinner and try the famous Arabic shisha water pipe. Gaze at a star-lit belly dance performance around the campfire before you return to Dubai or Sharjah.

From Dubai: Sharjah City Tour

9. From Dubai: Sharjah City Tour

This tour will take you to Sharjah, the "Pearl of the Gulf". A pivotal landmark to see during the tour is King Faisal Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the Emirates. You will visit the renovated Fort of Sharjah, the former residence of the ruling family built in 1820.  Then you'll proceed to wander through the adjacent souk "Al Arsa". Before returning, there's time to stroll and shop at souk "Al Markazi" – a treasure trove of carpets, jewellery and handicrafts.

From UAE: Musandam Khasab Dolphin Watching Trip with Lunch

10. From UAE: Musandam Khasab Dolphin Watching Trip with Lunch

Spend the day on the water in a traditional Omani dhow boat. Admire the dramatic rock formations and search the crystal-clear waters for signs of dolphins playing in the surf. Easily accessible with hotel pickup from Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, or Ras Al Khaimah, this full-day tour offers the perfect opportunity to explore the beauty of the Khor Ash Sham fjord.  After pick up from your hotel, you'll head to Khasab port to meet your guide at 9:30 AM. Begin with a briefing on the day's itinerary and set sail from the port on a traditional dhow boat. Admire the Khor Ash Sham fjord, famous for its beautiful clear waters, an abundance of sea life, and vibrant coral reefs. Sail past Nadifi and Qanah before making a stop in the waters off Telegraph Island in Khasab Bay at approximately 11:45 AM. Take some time for swimming and snorkeling in the beautiful clear waters. Then, enjoy some lunch on board before sailing onwards to Sibi Island. Stop offshore for more swimming and snorkeling, before making your way to the Island of Sham. Learn about the village from your guide before beginning the journey back to Khasab Port, where you will arrive at approximately 4:00 PM. Return hotel transfers are provided.

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4.9 / 5

based on 35,153 reviews

It was a wonderful experience. The entire OceanAir team is very well organized and we didn't miss anything. On the contrary, we were offered more things than were presented in the trip announcement on GetYourGide (maybe update the trip announcement with more things / activities that we had there). I had Yasir as my guide. He constantly took care of us and helped us with everything we needed. He is very charismatic and answered all our questions. In addition to the guide services he offered us, he is also a talented photographer. He took beautiful photos of all of us in the group. Also, he was always at our disposal on WhatsApp in case we needed anything before and after the trip. I have recommended this trip to other friends, it is definitely worth it.

Nadeem este cel mai bun sofer! Foarte amabil, ne-a dat multe informatii, ne-a facut cele mai frumoase poze in desert. O experienta frumoasa, de neuitat! Spectacolul in tabara a fost frumos! Recomand cu incredere compania Ammar!

Amazing experience!! I highly recommend it. -Buffet food. Was great! Different types of foods -the tents where amazing! Really fancy -shows where good (3 of them) - staff was GREAT!

Moosa was incredible. He took great care of us throughout the trip. Very knowledgeable and always very helpful. He is an excellent guide very through and extremely pleasant.

Rafeeq was very perfect guide , he was a good photographer also