Posted 25 August 2022
Though not as glamorous or bustling with activity as its posh neighbour Dubai, Sharjah has the distinction of being recognised by UNESCO as the UAE's cultural capital. The city offers an intriguing mix of views, experiences and activities, so there is never a shortage of things to do in Sharjah, a genuine melting pot of cultures. This city provides an interesting holiday experience, with everything from natural parks to museums and gorgeous mosques to beaches.
Read on to know why you need to visit Sharjah:
Sharjah is known as the cultural centre of the UAE due to its collection of well-preserved ancient structures. Because of the region's famed riches, UNESCO named it the Arab Capital of Culture in 1998, and it was confirmed in 2004. And, why not? It has preserved the spirit of its past by infusing traditions into all aspects of modern development. The emirate offers a new viewpoint on culture and heritage, all wrapped up in its small-town charm.
While other emirates have focused on cultural attractions, Sharjah has fostered innovative community-based art centres. Sharjah Arts Museum, for example, is a great site for art enthusiasts to enjoy Arab culture and heritage via magnificent artwork by 18th-century painters. The Sharjah Art Foundation provides the largest platform for modern artists from all over the world to promote art and literature. Overall, the emirate has a wonderful array of treasures for art connoisseurs.
Sharjah has constructed an astounding number of museums, spanning from archaeology to heritage, to make the best use of its extensive past. The Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, which spans two levels, invites visitors to delve into the origins of Arab and Islamic civilizations. Visitors may learn about the ceremonies, artefacts, textiles, and other aspects of the culture here. The Sharjah Archaeology Museum transports you back in time more than 125,000 years, while the Heritage Museum provides enthralling glimpses of the diverse customs and culture of the local people. The emirate has also developed a new set of museums where visitors can learn about science, calligraphy, the strong and historical link between Sharjah and the sea, defense forces, and other topics.
Sand is an essential part of the emirate. The desert safari trips are an exclusive approach to get away from the city bustle and closer to adventure. After you schedule the tour, the desert safari is only a cab ride away from Sharjah's main metropolitan centre. Enjoy the exhilarating 4WD trip, try the optional quad bike, discover the abundant fauna, marvel at the awe-inspiring fire display, watch the live dance, taste the Arabic coffee and dates, and sleep beneath the starlit skies. The Mleiha Archaeological Centre, located in the middle of Sharjah's central desert, adds to the cultural experience. Visit tombs and caves as well as archaeological digs and relics going back to the Paleolithic era.
It is astonishing how you transition from changing dunes to an unending ocean. If you drive east, you can enjoy the beauty of Khorfakkan Beach on the Gulf of Oman. Khorfakkan is a vibrant metropolis surrounded by a palm-lined boulevard and a sandy crescent beach. This location, which is rich in marine life, provides guided snorkel and diving adventures, as well as a range of PADI courses. A full-day boat cruise provides visitors with an in-depth look at this aquatic marvel. Visitors may take a break, get lunch, and savour the view for the remainder of the day at a neighbouring resort and spa.
Corniche, a small strip of land around Khalid Lake, is one of Sharjah's most modern and contemporary projects. This calm walkway has residential complexes, resorts, parks, supermarkets, and restaurants, making it ideal for hangouts. Sit by the sea, see the skyline, and sample some of the city's best cafés. Along the coastline is the beautiful and bright Al Majaz Fountain, which shoots water 100 m into the air and dances to the rhythm of music played every 30 minutes in the evening. Families can unwind here and couples may plan their date night.
For those with a sweet tooth, this is bliss. Sharjah boasts the tastiest sweets, which can be found on practically every main route. Kunafa is a popular delicacy that is piled with cheese and almonds and coated in sugar syrup. And, if you are thinking about riding from Dubai to Sharjah, then this reason alone should persuade you to come here.
You have been to hundreds of shopping centres throughout your life. Take a break and see Sharjah's traditional souks. Sharjah is overflowing with souks selling everything from gold jewellery and unique Arabian oil fragrances to colourfully painted bowls and dishes, camel key chains and luscious crimson carpets to fruits and veggies. Blue Souk is the most well-known and spectacular landmark that evokes the atmosphere of a mediaeval market. Centre Souk, which spans 80,000 sq m and houses over 600 stores, is another option.
However, summers (May-August) are quite hot and difficult for daytime travel. Sharjah has a dry climate with no humidity. Temperatures in the summer months of May to August can reach 40-43 degree Celsius. The increase in heat and humidity makes outdoor activities and sightseeing unpleasant.
Now you know why you need to visit Sharjah on your next holiday, so why wait. Lock your plan and make your bookings for a memorable holiday in Sharjah with family and friends.