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With coasts on both the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, Sharjah has beaches for an array of activities including picnicking, swimming and watersports.
Al Heera Beach is the longest beach in the city, extending for a length of 3.5 kilometers along the Arabian Gulf and all…
Located in the Al Khan neighbourhood close to Sharjah city, this beach is a 600-metre strip of sand with dedicated area…
Explore an over 7-kilometre stretch of shimmering sand and pristine water at the Kalba Beach. Tourists come here to rela…
This 3-kilometre crescent-shaped beach hosts endless choices for fun in the water, from fishing and diving to parasailin…
From dune driving and camel racing to desert camping and hiking, you’ll find plenty of Instagram-worthy adventures in Sharjah.
The Mleiha Archaeological Centre located in the Central Region of the emirate, is home to many of the adventure sites an…
A hidden oasis on the Sharjah map, Al Badayer is a preferred destination among 4x4 enthusiasts. This destination has the…
The heart of Sharjah’s hinterland, Al Dhaid is known for its date palm plantations irrigated by water from the nearby Ha…
Take a road trip across the country and you’ll find some of the most beautiful areas in the whole of the UAE ready to explore.
Kalba Conservation Reserve is home to remarkable landscapes, diverse ecosystems and activities for every nature enthusia…
With a picturesque marina, this town gets its name from the landmark hisn or "fort" in English. The cape is dotted with…
Experience the best Sharjah weather has to offer with cooling winds from the pristine Khorfakkan beach, nestled by photo…
Originally built for Sheikh Saeed in the late 19th century, the beachside bait was restored and opened as a museum in 19…
From national and cultural to sports and shopping, Sharjah is a buzzing centre of events and celebrations throughout the year.
The yearly Sharjah Light Festival illuminates all the city’s landmarks, with light and sound installations projecting in…
Every year, the waters of the Sharjah Corniche hosts one of the world’s most spectacular sporting events - the F1H2O UIM…
This event is one of the world’s largest book fairs, held at the Sharjah Expo Centre every year. The eleven day fair has…
Sharjah Biennial is an internationally acclaimed art event focused on bringing a broad range of contemporary art, cultur…
The Emirate of Sharjah is ideal for family getaways, thanks to its fun attractions and welcoming atmosphere.
As you walk down the Sharjah Corniche, you’ll notice a hub of lively activity ahead on the Al Majaz Waterfront. As the u…
Over 500 butterflies live on Al Noor Island in the Butterfly House, one of the most popular tourist places in Sharjah. T…
The Rain Room is a unique modern art installation, offering an inspirational and magical experience for visitors. Create…
Among the most popular places to visit in Sharjah at night, Al Qasba is the complete experience for anyone looking to to…
Sharjah Aquarium features 20 tanks that recreate different local aquatic environments, from coral reefs and rock pools t…
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Discover the ancient history of UAE in this important Arabian archeological site.
A Sharjah museum with an expansive collection of relics from important archeological sites.
For a great all-round experience with the option of camping, hiking, hitting the beach and other outdoors activities, it’s best to visit Sharjah between November and April when the climate stays comfortably warm. Things heat up during the rest of the year, but the region is well-used to managing the high temperatures and humidity so you’ll still find plenty to do when the mercury rises, including lingering in cool art galleries and museums or relaxing in air-conditioned restaurants.
A bit of to-and-froing over prices in Sharjah’s souqs can be a lot of fun, and if you strike a good deal, make your purchases all the more satisfying. A good approach is to decide in advance what the item is worth to you, and don’t be coaxed above that price. Take your time, and be prepared to leave the goods behind if you’re not getting close to the price you want – of course the ‘walkaway’ can often persuade the shopkeeper to knock the price down in the end anyway! Keep a cool head, stay friendly and enjoy the conversation, as it’s almost always the experience that’s of more value than the souvenir.
It’s a good idea to dress carefully while in Sharjah to make sure both you and the locals feel comfortable. Men and women are expected to cover knees and shoulders when out and about, and avoid tight or see-through clothing. Swimwear is permitted on public beaches, but it’s best to stick to conservative styles – avoid Speedo-type trunks, thongs or skimpy bikinis. On private or hotel beaches, you can wear whatever you like. Finally, wear long loose clothing and cover arms and legs when visiting mosques. Women may be asked to cover their heads too and some mosques loan headscarves for the duration of the visit.
The long-anticipated Sharjah Mosque is now open to the public, and is a peaceful, contemplative place to visit for both Muslim and non-Muslim travellers. The extensive grounds are home to atmospheric gardens and water fountains, along with a walkway circling the grounds. The impressive main prayer hall features walls decorated with verses from the Quran, arched stained-glass windows and a huge chandelier. There’s also a gift shop, cafeteria and large library onsite. Visitors should wear long, loose clothing with arms and legs covered.
Sharjah is the third largest emirate in the UAE, its largest city and its most family-friendly destination. Experience a Sharjah museum, a desert safari and a Sharjah beach — the emirate offers things to do for everyone.
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