Sharjah Tourism Travel Quiz

Explore a dazzling array of handicrafts at this traditional Arabic souk

When you’re thinking about what to do in Sharjah, the Central Souk should be among your first stops. With a well-known blue tile-trimmed facade - the Central Souk is an iconic landmark on the Sharjah map and is one of the city’s most photographed buildings. This souk is also symbolic of the history of UAE, featuring prominently on the five-dirham note.

With over 600 shops across two levels, you’ll find everything from modern watches and clothing to authentically local trinkets and souvenirs. For decor connoisseurs in particular, the souk is one of the must-do Sharjah tourist places. The upper level has shops featuring arts, crafts and regional specialties like handwoven textiles and intricate carpets and kilims. On the lagoon-side, you’ll find a glittering row of shops dedicated to authentic Bedouin jewelry, precious stones, gold and diamonds. Some craftsmen here can recreate a design based on just a sketch.

Shop windows form a tapestry of colors, inspiring awe for children and adults alike. The Central Souk is an authentic one-stop Middle Eastern shopping experience for every one, and is highly recommended if you travel to Sharjah with family. If you’re thinking of fun things to do with kids, consider buying a handmade toy here. Open till 10 PM daily, the souk is also one of the top places to visit in Sharjah at night.

The souk is centrally located, with the Sharjah corniche just a short walk away and a host of Sharjah museums nearby. Combine your visit to the Central Souk with a trip to the Sharjah Art Foundation or the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization.

How to get there

The sprawling souk is located between King Faisal Road and Khalid Lagoon, near Al Ittihad Square.
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