The city of Sharjah offers fabulous attractions to enjoy your holiday. With several tourist spots, such as museums, traditional souqs, modern shopping malls, luxurious hotels and family entertainment facilities, Sharjah has a lot to offer. A trip to the holiday destination of Sharjah will certainly become an unforgettable experience.
Al Qasba is the most important tourist attraction of the city. The Al Qasba has lots of entertainment facilities that make it an unparalleled entertainment spot. Al Qasba Development Authority offers high-class and modern entertainment, cultural and leisure attractions, which are based on the values of the Arabian tradition.
Ramadaniat Al Qasba:
Experience a rich world of ancient tradition, culture and food during the Ramadan at the ancient Silk Road, Al Qasba. Watch poetry recitals by Munshid al Sharjah and also do not forget to visit Al Eman Oasis which is an Islamic lecture tent open to visitors of all religions and faiths. A large selection of food and beverage outlets offer all types of cuisines, from light and continental to rich and traditional. This is definitely a must visit attraction for those that want to encounter the Islamic culture.
Eye of the Emirates:
A visit to Sharjah is incomplete without riding on the "Eye of the Emirates". It is a giant wheel that offers an aerial view of Sharjah corniche, lagoons and landscape as well as the horizons of the neighbouring Dubai. This attraction has 42 air-conditioned cabins that go 60 meters high over Sharjah. It is capable of carrying 336 passengers at a time.
Arabian Wildlife Centre:
The centre is located about 26 kms from the city centre, next to Sharjah International Airport. The centre was opened in September 1999. It has over 100 species kept in a safe, spacious and natural surrounding. Watch the diversity of the fauna found in the peninsula and the species that are becoming extinct. This attracts many tourists who can easily visit the centre on the way to or back from the airport.
In Sharjah, many Souqs are situated on and behind the famous Corniche Road. Watch a variety of shops at the Blue Souq, Souq Al Arsah, Iranian Bazaar and Al Majarrah Souk. The tour of the Souq offers a great chance to study the ethnic culture of an Arabian market.
The Blue Souq is the largest and one of the most important Souqs in Sharjah and known as Blue because of its uncommon blue vaulted roof. Located in the Khaled Lagoon region, the Blue Souq has 2 sections and about 600 shops. The first section on the ground floor hosts the shops of gold and designer wears made of gold and stone studded jewellery, including the antique Yemeni and Omani ornaments. The other section on the upper floor has shops of electronic appliances, gifts items, garments, cosmetics, perfumes and so on.
Al Hisn is a two-storey fort situated in the centre of old Sharjah, in the Al Shukh district. Constructed in 1820, this attraction has now been converted into a museum that showcases a world of local history and charm. The exhibits include old coins and weighing scales, jewellery, arms and ammunition, a window to the pearl trade and plenty of amazing photographs and maps.
The Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium was originally constructed in 1980 and further renovated in 2002. It can accommodate 27,000 people at a time and provides powerful floodlights. Sharjah ground was the venue for 198 One Day international cricket matches. This ground is very popular in the South Asian population of the United Arab Emirates.
The Sharjah Art Museum:
In 1995, Art Directorate of the Department of Culture & Information founded Sharjah Art Museum under the guidance of HH Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, the Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. Located in Bait Al Serkal, Al Shuwaihiyeen area, it was inaugurated on April 9, 1997. The museum is provided with the facilities of an international art museum standards. This two storied building is spread over 111,000 sq. meters. This attraction showcases the permanent collection of artworks on the ground floor. Several solo and group exhibitions and related activities are also organized at the venue.
The Expo Centre of Sharjah was founded in 1977 by Frederick Pittera, a producer of International Fairs and Exhibitions. This attraction is a fantastic landscaped architecture famous for its annual book fair. The Expo centre hosts several international exhibitions, conferences and events. The Emir of Sharjah personally takes interest in annual book fair event and hundreds of publishers from all over the world come here to join this event.
Website:Expo Centre of Sharjah
The Discovery Center:
The discovery centre is the latest and greatest attraction located on Al Dhaid Road and about 15 kms away from the city centre. Opened in March 1999, it has several themed areas spread over 3,800 square meters. Theme areas include Sports World, Body World, Water World, Build Town and Drive Town. The centre also has a kiddy's supermarket, bank, recording studio and many more refreshment facilities.
The Planetarium was originally part of the Arab Maritime Transport Academy. It is located in Al Majaz near Sharjah Bridge and about 3 km away from the city centre. It mostly attracts government schools and science clubs for the study of astronomy and celestial navigation. Permission of Department of Culture and Information is required for group visits.