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The 7 Best Things to Do in Sharjah

Though Sharjah may not have all the glam of its neighbor Dubai, the UAE's third largest city offers a spectrum of attractions for visitors to soak up a great cultural scene, complete with museums, souqs, and art galleries.

Al Majaz Waterfront

Don't miss the Sharjah Fountain show, with a multimedia extravaganza of lasers, sound and light. There's also a bevy of entertainment and dining options for kids and adults.

Museum of Islamic Civilzation

The museum in a former souq at the waterfront not only focuses on Islam, but also on great cultural accomplishments. Bonus points: sip a cup of mint tea under its mosaic dome!

Al Noor Mosque

Completed in 2005, this beautiful mosque on the Khalid Lagoon reflects Ottoman influences in its architectural design. The public may visit by guided tour on Mondays at 10:00AM.

Maritime Museum

This modern structure houses a thousand years of seafaring history in the Persian Gulf. Also on display is ""the Pearl,"" which archaeologists claim is 7,000 years old.

Sharjah Classic Car Museum

Among the 100 classics on exhibit, ranging from Bentleys to Rolls Royces, are some real gems like a 1915 Dodge and a 1969 bulletproof Mercedes 600 Pullman.

Sharjah Aquarium

Coral reefs, mangroves, and lagoons form habitats for over 250 marine species, such as sharks, rays, and eels. There's even an underwater tunnel to see many fish up close.

Arabia's Wildlife Center

Located at the Desert Park, this center boasts the largest collection of fauna on the Arabian peninsula, including Oryx antelope, Arabian leopards, birds and reptiles.

Planning Your Sharjah Visit

How many days to spend on Sharjah?

Count on three days in Sharjah to enjoy its attractions. Add one or two more if you plan to take a day-trip to Dubai or decide to set out on an excursion into the desert.

Getting around

There is a public bus system in Sharjah, along with buses that connect it with other locations in the UAE (Dubai Airport is 15 minutes from central Sharjah). When traveling by taxi, it's recommended to use authorized metered taxis. If you do go for an unmetered taxi, negotiate the price beforehand.

Where to stay in Sharjah

You'll find the majority of accommodations in the city's central business district, stretching from Al Sharq to Al Majaz, and along the beaches of al Khan in the al Khaledia suburb.

Islamic traditions in Sharjah

Sharjah is the most conservative of the seven emirates, and it's expected that both men and women follow an equally conventional dress code in public. If you're looking for a night on the town with a cocktail or two, then you'll have to head to Dubai, as Sharjah is completely 'dry.'

Good to Know

  • Language
    Arabic
  • Currency
    AED (United Arab Emirates dirham)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+04:00)
  • Country Code
    • 971
  • Best time to visit
    Though there is air conditioning to escape the scorching summer sun, best to visit Sharjah from November - February when the cooler temperatures allow for roaming around outside.

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What People Are Saying About Sharjah

Very interesting trip. Best value for the money.

We enjoy very much our trip. We saw all the best attractions of Dubai. Our driver was very kind with us

Great experience and good value for money.

A really good experience, well organised with friendly and efficient service. Thoroughly enjoyable and good value for money.

Very good tour with a very good tour guide

Thank you Hussein for the enjoyable tour with you. Very interesting conversation, focused on the guests in the car and very engaged. It was really a pleasure to drive with Hussein.

Great! But expected longer Camel riding & more time for Camel Pics

All was great. However, our expectations were for a longer Camel riding time and more time to take pics on a Camel. Camel riding area was dark so our own pictures were not good. There was one local photographer who was taking pics with a good flash and then selling them to people.

Helpful, informative driver, who also drove carefully.

Our driver was almost a guide, as he took us to many of the sights we may have found difficult to find without him. His driving was also careful, something some of the drivers we have used, are not. They left us fearing for our lives in the manic Dubai traffic, but this one was careful and considerate to us as nervous Europeans too! The tour took in many places which we had asked to visit, like Dubai creek, gold souk and the Burj Halifa. Highly recommend this driver especially if you want to preserve your life!

Dubai: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour with Driver Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/14/2016

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