Sharjah is the perfect destination solitude seekers, couples and families. The Emirate maintains its rich culture and traditions of the Arab world, while still welcoming modernity.
There are plenty of attractions here that one can indulge in. Sharjah is also known as the cultural capital of the U.A.E. with attractions like wild parks, beaches, museums, and Eye of the Emirates. So, get ready, pack your bags and explore the magical land of Sharjah.
Places to Visit in Sharjah
1. Sharjah Desert Park
The Sharjah Desert Park sees many tourists every year. Although it is located 26km away from Sharjah, this is one of the best spots for those who want to enjoy family picnics. Sharjah Natural History Museum, Botanical Museum, Children’s Farm and Arabian Wildlife Centre are the 4 main attractions of this park. Visiting the park would be a bonus for those who have kids as they can learn many things about the animals and get entertained at the same time.
2. Sharjah National Park
Located at Al Dhaid Road, the Sharjah National Park is regarded to be the biggest park in the city. The park is popular among the tourists and locals and there are plenty of things one can do here. It’s a great place for a picnic and there’s a recreational area as well for children. If you decide to try out some of the best Arabian delicacies, you can treat yourself with some delicious barbeque dishes being prepared at the park. The fragrance will entice you. Kids and toddlers can enjoy at some of the park’s slides, jungle gym, rope ladders and many more.
3. Sharjah Art Museum
It is a must-visit destination for those who love art. The museum showcases a series of valuable traditional to modern Arab artwork. Opened in 1997, this art museum has some of the finest pieces of artwork of talented Arabic painters. Each artwork tells a story of the city as well as the surrounding regions. Truly an art lover’s paradise.
Sharjah Central Market is the landmark of the city. A must-visit place in Sharjah for those who love shopping. There are more than 600 shops inside the market which makes your shopping experience a unique one. Jewelry, electronics, kitchenware, and clothes are some of the items sold here. This is the perfect place to shop with your loved ones and a must-visit destination to experience the traditional “Arabian Bazaar”. Get ready to lift some heavy shopping bags.
5. Khalid Lagoon
Khalid Lagoon is one of the
tourist spots in Sharjah.
Famously known to be one of the most beautiful places in the Emirate, the Khalid Lagoon has one of the highest fountain performance shows, which is ranked 3rd in the world. This place deserves to be visited especially during the evening as you’ll get to witness water being splashed up to hundreds of feet in the air. Take some time out and visit this place with your spouse for some romantic and peaceful time.
6. Al Noor Island
Al Noor Island is a public park located at Khalid Lagoon. Once you’re done with all the shopping, you’ll be astonished to see the beautiful art and nature of the island once you reach here. There are beautiful gardens that will relax and replenish your energy after a hardcore shopping in Sharjah. Another top attraction here is the butterfly house comprising of over 500 species of beautiful butterflies.
7. Al Majaz Waterfront
One of the best places to visit with family is the Al Majaz Waterfront. Regardless of age, there are plenty of attractions for all. Mini golf, parks, play areas, and many more activities can be enjoyed here by kids. While adults can relax at some of the finest restaurants or by taking a walk around the perimeter.
The Sharjah Heritage Area offers a chance to witness a mixture of museums such as Al Hisn Sharjah, Al Asra Souq and many more. Witness some of the lovely traditional Bedouin village homes and travel back to ancient times to learn about the Emirate lifestyle. One unique thing you’ll find here is the ‘Wind Tower’, where Arab people would hide inside in order to avoid blazing heat during the ancient times. You’ll also get to learn many historical facts tempting you to visit this place over and over again.
9. Kalba Day Trip
Kalba is the place for solitude seekers. It is a small fishing village consisting of 3 main attractions – Al Hisn Museum, Khor Kalba Conservation Reserve and the House of Sheikh Saeed bin Hamad Al-Qassimi. Amongst the 3, the Khor Kalba Conservation Reserve is also known to be a bird watcher’s paradise – giving you the chance to witness some rare and beautiful birds. It’s a good place to spend a day.
10. Eye of the Emirates Wheel
Located at Al Khan Corniche St, the Eye of the Emirates Wheel is one of the most popular attractions in Sharjah. Hop-in in one of the clean, air-conditioned tubes and get an experience of a bird’s eye view. U.A.E.’s answer to the famous London Eye, this giant Ferris wheel offers an experience like none other found anywhere in the entire Arab Emirates. It offers some of the best panoramic views from the top which are just spectacular. Families with kids or even couples looking to spice up their romance, the Eye of the Emirates Wheel will surely not disappoint anyone.
Though Sharjah may not have crazy attractions like Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the Emirate is still quite modern and slowly growing in a tourist haven. Sharjah represents the true history of Emirates and is one of the best destinations that deserve to be visited.