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Sharjah Festivals

The city of Sharjah has always been culturally inclined, and the plethora of art galleries which are scattered throughout the city will tell you about the same. The culture in Sharjah is heavily based upon their religion, as in all other Arab countries. The art galleries, museums and other artistic venues around the city display its very enriching past, which will surely inspire the generations in the future. So, come and explore art in its varied forms, at some of the most famous settings in Sharjah.

Sharjah Ramadan Festival
Sharjah Ramadan Festival

Sharjah Ramadan Festival

Ramadan is the holy month in the Islamic calendar. The date of Ramadan varies every year but generally, it is observed in July and August. During this month, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset and they spend most of their time praying. The working hours are shortened and all restaurants and cafes remain closed from dawn to sunset.

During Ramadan, the authorities of the Sharjah Ramadan Festival conduct plenty of promotional, cultural, social, religious, artistic, and healthcare-related events in Sharhah. To attract local residents and visitors, the organisers also put together entertainment and promotional activities throughout the holy month until Eid.

Sharjah Arts Biennial
Sharjah art

Sharjah Arts Biennial

Since 1993, the Department of Culture and Information of Sharjah annually organises the International Art Biennial in the month of March. The event is a great opportunity for Arab artists to share their ideas and art with other artists from around the world. It is also organised to encourage a relationship between artists and art institutions of Arab countries.

Address: C/O Sharjah Art Museum, P.O. Box 19989, Al Shuwaiheen, Arts Area, Sharjah, UAE.
Tel.: +971 6 568 5050, +971 6 568 5800

Sharjah Shopping festivals

Sharjah Shopping festivals

The Sharjah Shopping festival is the latest addition to Sharjah’s developing cultural arena. The festival takes place for multiple days during summer, where visitors can enjoy attractive deals, discounts, sales, freebies and various activities for people of all age groups. The shopping festival started in 2016, is the first of its kind consumer project to take place in the city.

Sharjah Heritage Days
Heart of Sharjah

Sharjah Heritage Days

Organised by the Directorate of Heritage, Department of Culture and Information, the Sharjah Heritage Days is a well-admired and popular cultural event in Sharjah. The festival includes a range of seminars, activities and competitions that celebrate the customs, culture and traditions along with the professions of the people in the province. Countries like Egypt, Palestine, Morocco, Syria, India, Iraq, Pakistan, etc. also take part in the proceedings.

Address: Sharjah Heritage Area, Sharjah, UAE.

Sharjah Light Festival
Sharjah Light Festival

Sharjah Light Festival

The bewitching Sharjah Light Festival takes place at several locations all over the Emirates. The light festival is held at popular attractions like the Al Noor Mosque, Al Qasba, Al Majaz Amphitheatre, Al Majaz Waterfront, and many more. It is celebrated not only in the city but also outside Sharjah at places like Dibba, Kalba and Al Dhaid.

Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial
SDCI

Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial

Initiated in the year 2002, the Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial was established to support and promote the art of Arabic calligraphy. The organisers invite popular calligraphers from all over the world to attend this event which includes seminars, workshops, performances and awards. The festival also helps to explore the enriching Arabic history of calligraphy.

F1 Powerboat Race & Sharjah Water Festival
F1 H2O World Championship

F1 Powerboat Race & Sharjah Water Festival

The Sharjah Water Festival is celebrated every December in the Khaled Lagoon. This Festival celebrates the Emirati Heritage reflecting its culture and history associated with the marine life. There are great celebrations taking place with various games, acrobatic shows and entertainment, musical performances, fireworks and events for kids.

To end this week long festival, the final round of the International World Championship Formula 1 Powerboat, Sharjah Grand Prix is held in the Khaled Lagoon and is a prestigious championship.

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