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Sharjah, UAE » Entertainment » Festivals

The city of Sharjah is a venue for many national and international events and festivals.

Sharjah Ramadan Festivals

Ramadan is the holiest 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. Also, 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. To attract local residents and visitors, the organizers also put together entertainment and promotional activities throughout the holy month until Eid.

Sharjah Water Festival ( Visit Site )

In a bid to attract and entertain families, the Emirate of Sharjah annually organizes the Sharjah Water Festival in December. The festival offers a gold mine of recreational activities and international shows, including the F1H2O World Championships and Grand Prix of Sharjah in addition to sand sculpture competitions, water skiing, firework displays and puppet shows.

Sharjah International Book Fair ( Visit Site )

The Emirate of Sharjah annually hosts an international book fair to promote the love for literature among people. The 10-day event, taking place in early November at the beautifully landscaped Expo centre of Sharjah, attracts over 400,000 visitors from nearly 42 countries. Hundreds of publishers from all over the world come here to showcase their books.


Chinese Commodities Fair ( Visit Site )

The Chinese Commodities fair, held in the month of December, is one of the largest trade fairs that take place in the city of Sharjah. The fair offers a wide range of consumer goods, household and industrial goods. Its primary aim is to promote Chinese products in the Middle East.

Sharjah Arts Biennial ( Visit Site )

Since 1993, the Department of Culture and Information of Sharjah annually organizes 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 organized to encourage relationship between artists and art institutions of Arab countries.


Shopping festivals

Sharjah is popular among tourists for its shopping festivals. Every year, all major malls and stores offer heavy discounts on their merchandise at the various shopping festivals and during the holy month of Ramadan.

Sharjah Summer Festival

In summer, the city of Sharjah offers ten weeks of fun and great entertainment for all. This annual event starts in the month of June running parallel to the neighbouring Dubai Shopping festival in Sharjah’s sister emirate. During the festival, a large number of summer promotional activities are arranged in the city. These include attractive discounts on merchandise, deals, raffles and grand entertainment shows. Usually, these activities are organized to encourage people to shop during summer.

Sharjah Spring Festival

Every year, thousands of tourists visit the Sharjah Spring Festival which takes place in the month of January. The event is participated by over 1700 outlets selling a variety of products. The promotions offered at the festival include special discounts and offers, fun and entertaining events and activities aimed at highlighting the tourism scene of Sharjah.

Islamic Holidays in Sharjah Emirate

  • Lailat Al Mi'raj
  • Lailat Al Bar'a
  • Lailat Al Qadar
  • Eid Al Fitr - It Marks the end of Ramadan fasting. (3 days)
  • Eid Al Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice. It is celebrated at the end of the pilgrimage season i.e. approximately 70 days after the end of Ramadan. (4 days)
  • Ashoora
  • Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year)
  • Mawlid al-Nabi - The Prophet's Birthday

National Holidays

  • 1st January - New Years Day
  • 6h August - Accession of Sheikh Zayed
  • 2nd December - National Day