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About Emirate of Sharjah

Sharjah Historic Background

Emirate of Sharjah is the third largest of the UAE’s seven emirates. Renowned for its art and culture, the city has a rich local heritage and has been declared as the Cultural Capital of the Arab World 1998, and as Capital of Islamic Culture in 2014 by UNESCO. The city’s history dates back to 5000 years when it was known as the wealthiest town in the Gulf.

Sharjah was once a part of one single Emirate along with Ras Al Khaimah, governed by the Al Qawasim Royal family of Sharjah. In the year 1972, Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qassimi took over as ruler and declared its polity independence.

About Sharjah

With an area of 2600 sq kms, Sharjah connects the peninsula, overseeing the Gulf of Oman to the east and the Arabian Gulf to the west. The city has stringent laws pertaining to alcohol, clothes and marriage. Both men and women have to adhere to strict dress code, and ensure that their knees, back or bellies are not visible. 

Sharjah also comprises of many oasis areas that facilitates the cultivation of fruits and vegetables in the region inclusive of fertile Dhaid region. There are several investment projects such as al Qasba, al Majaz Waterfront amidst others. The city, its markets as well as the commercial buildings are designed as per the Islamic model. You can also find a number of entertainment areas like the Park Island, Al Qasba Canal and the Corniche of Khalid Lake.

When to visit Sharjah

Blue skies and blazing sunshine perfectly describes the weather of Sharjah. So it is the ideal winter sun destination. Months of November and March have pleasant temperatures and they are ideal for both sightseeing and sunbathing.

Getting Around Sharjah

Sharjah is well-connected by means of public transportation such as taxis and buses. The facility of intercity transportation to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ras-al Khaimah and Dibba are also available for passengers. The official airline for the emirate is Air Arabia, operating from the Sharjah.

Clothes to carry in Sharjah

Everyone has to follow modest dress code in Sharjah, which includes wearing dresses below the knee and keeping the shoulders covered. You must carry light breathable cotton clothes if you visit during the summer season. However, in winters that is from December to February, carrying a light jacket, cardigan or jumper is a must.

Where to stay in Sharjah

From luxury hotels and urban boutiques through to small beach resorts, Sharjah offers its tourists and expats a first-class selection of places to stay. Below listed are some options on where to stay in Sharjah:

Hilton Sharjah: Situated on the banks of Sharjahs’ Khalid Lagoon, Hilton Sharjah is a five star hotel with elegant décor, spacious rooms and spectacular views of the lagoon. For more information, visit http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/uae/hilton-sharjah-SHJHSHI/index.html.

Sharjah Grand: The hotel has a private beach, and offers a number of water sports activities that would make staying here an absolute pleasure. For more, visit their website here: http://www.sharjahgrand.com/

Sharjah Carlton: Considered as one of the best hotels of the MH Group of Hotels, Sharjah Carlton has an open beach, swimming pool, business center and much more. For details, visit their website: http://www.mhgroupsharjah.com/SCH/en/index20.html

Grand Excelsior Sharjah: If you are going on a business trip, Grand Excelsior Sharjah is one of the best places to stay in Sharjah. It offers best in class facilities to its guests including business travelers as well as tourists. It offers an ideal venue for business conferences and meetings. Visit http://grandexcelsioralsharjah.com/english/ for more information.

Marhaba Resort: Well-equipped with all the amenities, Marhaba resort is situated in the Al Khan area of Emirate city Sharjah, opposite the pristine beach. For more information, visit http://www.marhabaresort.org/

Shopping malls in Sharjah

To enjoy high-street shopping in Sharjah, you can visit malls like Sahara Centre (http://www.saharacentre.com/), Sharjah City Centre (http://www.citycentresharjah.com/), Ansar Mall (http://www.ansarmall.ae/) and Safeer Mall (http://www.safeermall.com/sharjah/) amidst others. These are amongst the best malls in Sharjah and you can visit their respective websites for more information.

Fun and Recreation in Sharjah

There are a number of tourist attracts in Sharjah. There are water parks, theme parks and wildlife centres dotted around Sharjah that provide fun and entertainment for people of all ages. 

Some of the places you can explore in the emirate city includes:

  1. Central Souq/ Blue Souq: The marketplace comprises of about 600 shops that sell a wide range of items such as Yemeni and Omani ornaments. 
  2. The Planetarium: Sharjah Planetarium is a centre of encouraging scientific know-how amongst its visitors.  
  3. The Discovery Centre: The centre is focused on promotion of science and technology. It offers an amazing blend of education and fun especially geared to involve children less than 13 years.

Sightseeing in Sharjah 

The Emirate city has a number of options for city sightseeing Sharjah. These include:

Sharjah Stadium: A popular spot in Sharjah is the Cricket Stadium that has been the venue for several international test matches and one day international.

Eye of the Emirates: The giant Ferris wheel at the Sharjah Corniche is a highlight of the Emirate city. This 60 meters high wheel gives a picturesque view of Sharjah.

Arabian Wildlife Centre: The wildlife centre accommodates about 100 animals including some rare species.

Museums in Sharjah

The Emirate city boasts of nearly a dozen of museums, most of which are very children-friendly. Key museums among them.

  • Sharjah Science Museum
  • Sharjah Archaeological Museum
  • Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization
  • Sharjah Maritime Museum

You can also find the Sharjah Desert Park and Arabian Wildlife Centre that includes natural enclosures for native animals, the Natural History and Botanical Museum, as well as a children's farm.

So if you are on a lookout for a holiday full of peace and calmness, Sharjah is the place to be. You must visit the Emirate city for a perfect mix of cultural exploration as well as seaside relaxation. There are several sightseeing options, cultural offerings, private beaches, museums and mosques in the Emirate city. So visit the city to completely relax in a serene, peaceful setting.