Drive to Mleiha Archaeological Centre, located around 65km southeast of Sharjah city. For those without a vehicle or hire car, the centre offers return transfers from Sharjah city or Dubai.
Before setting off into the desert, grab a bite to eat at the centre’s Bystro Café. With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the striking landscape, the café serves a tasty menu of salads, sandwiches and burgers, along with all-day breakfast and filling favourites such as steak frites and spaghetti bolognese.
Sign up for the Mleiha Adventure Package, a six-hour guided 4WD tour that showcases the very best landscapes of the region. Drive up towering sand dunes and past spectacular rock formations, before stopping to explore pre-Islamic archaeological sites and take in the views from three different peaks.
Make your way back to Sharjah city and head to Al Qasba, a canal-side complex that is home to cafés, restaurants, shops and galleries. All that desert adventure has no doubt made you hungry, so sit down for dinner at Shababeek, a contemporary Lebanese restaurant serving all manner of mezze and grills. End your evening with a ride on the Eye of the Emirates Ferris wheel or a moonlit abra cruise.