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Travel FAQ

Use our list of frequently asked questions to help plan your trip to Sharjah. Covering everything from visa information before you arrive to available car services when you leave the airport, our Travel FAQs facilitate your travel plans to make your journey seamless from door to door. If you do not see your question answered in our list, send us a query on our Contact Us page.

When is the best time of year to visit Sharjah?

When is the best time of year to visit Sharjah? Sharjah has a sub-tropical climate with infrequent rainfall and sunny skies for most of the year. The most pleasant time to visit is during the milder months from November to April, when average daytime highs range from 25°C to 35°C, but nowadays people visit the UAE all year round. It is hot and humid from June to September, with highs of 41-43°C, but summer temperatures are bearable thanks to air conditioning in hotels, restaurants, malls and taxis, and chilled swimming pools to cool off in. With the influence of the mountains, the east coast tends to be cooler during the summer months.

GCC citizens do not need a visa to enter the UAE. Citizens of more than 40 countries/territories (including the US, UK, Russia and many EU countries) are granted a free tourist visa upon arrival in the UAE, which is valid for 30 days. Indian citizens with a valid US visitor visa or green card, or a residence visa from the UK or EU, are also eligible for a visa on arrival. Citizens of all other countries/territories will need to apply for a visa before travelling to the UAE. For more information, contact the UAE embassy or consulate in your home country, or visit the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (www.mofa.gov.ae).
Sharjah International Airport (www.sharjahairport.ae) connects Sharjah to a wide variety of destinations worldwide. The airport is located 13km east of the city centre and is the hub of Air Arabia (www.airarabia.com). Additionally, Dubai International Airport (www.dubaiairports.ae) is located 12km south west of Sharjah city.
If your holiday has been booked through a hotel or travel agency, you may find that an airport transfer is included. If not, there are a number of public and private transport options available. Mowasalat (www.mowasalat.ae) operates air-conditioned public buses, and routes 14, 15 and 99 link Sharjah airport with the city centre. Depending on traffic, a taxi from Sharjah airport to the city takes about 15-20 minutes and will cost between Dhs45-65. Outside of rush hour, the journey time from Dubai International Airport to Sharjah city is similar but can take an hour during peak times. Dubai airport taxis have a Dhs25 flag charge, with an additional Dhs20 added as you enter Sharjah. Ride-hailing services Uber (www.uber.com) and Careem (www.careem.com) are also available from both airports. If you’d rather drive yourself, you can hire a car at Sharjah and Dubai airports.
The UAE has a low crime rate and crimes against tourists are rare in Sharjah. Visitors should enjoy feeling safe; however, normal precautions are always advisable. Extra caution should be taken on the roads, whether navigating the streets on foot or in a vehicle. Use designated pedestrian crossings, and make sure that all cars are going to stop before you step out. In the event of an emergency, you can call 999 for the police, 998 for an ambulance and 997 for the fire department. In the case of theft, you should call the non-emergency 901 hotline.
Motorists in the UAE drive on the right side of the road. The law states that the driver must wear a seat belt, and children under 10 years old, or shorter than 145cm, are not allowed to sit in the front seat of a vehicle. Speed limits are posted in kilometres per hour (km/hr). Generally, the speed limit on main highways in Sharjah is 120km/hr, 80km/h or 100km/hr on rural roads, 60km/h or 80km/h on urban dual carriageways, 40km/hr in urban areas and 25km/h on service roads. It is against the law to use a handheld mobile phone while driving, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol has very serious penalties.
There are no border controls between the seven emirates that make up the UAE. However, there are land border crossings when driving into, or through, Oman; be aware that non-GCC nationals are not allowed to take some routes that pass through Omani territory (for example, the E44 between Al Madam in Sharjah and Hatta).
Most hotels in Sharjah are now outfitted with adapted rooms, wide doorways and wheelchair ramps. Many attractions offer facilities such as ramps, lifts and wheelchair-accessible toilets, while City Sightseeing buses are equipped with wheelchair access facilities. Taxis equipped with a wheelchair lift can be booked in advance by calling 600 52 52 52, while Careem and Uber both have specially adapted vehicles available that can be booked via their apps.