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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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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.

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Planning Your 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
  • 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

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based on 2,140 reviews

Our tour guide Mohammed Bakhtiar was professional and on time to our location. His knowledge of the area, expertise and excursion made the whole journey well worth it. He made me and my wife feel very safe from the moment we left the hotel and kept us updated throughout the whole journey on what was happening. Mohammed has made our whole trip to Dubai well worth it. His friendliness and helpfulness was throughout the journey. I would definitely be recommending this tour guide and website.

a day at the top with Abdul: quad session, 4x4 session in the impressive desert with an extraordinary pilot guaranteed sensations, sand board, camel and festive evening around a dinner! All extremely well managed go there with your eyes closed!

Nabel was great and a excellent safe driver followed all COVID rules and made the trim very comfortable. THANKS NABEL!!!

It was very very nice and the driver Arif he is very good driver and friendly thanks for every thing

The experience was amazing and worthwhile. Our driver was great! Thank you Emaar tours.