Sharjah is not only one of the largest emirates, but also the cultural center of the country. Theaters, galleries, museums - all in abundance. Sharjah - this is the most conservative emirate, going out into the street is worth covering your shoulders and legs. Alcohol and hookahs are also prohibited here, but this does not prevent the emirate from being one of the most popular tourist destinations. Arriving in Sharjah, it is worth visiting the King Faisal mosque, visiting the 7-meter monument to the Koran, visiting the National Heritage Museum and the Desert Park. In the evening, you can go for a walk along Al-Qasbah, ride a ferris wheel there and try the local cuisine in one of the restaurants. Fans of active leisure will enjoy diving and look at the inhabitants of the underwater world, and bargain fans should visit the Blue Market and buy, for example,
Sharjah International Airport ( Sharjah International, Airport then )
IATA code: SHJ
Location: 15 km from Sharjah
Official website: www.sharjahairport.ae/ar/
Information: +971 6 558 1111
The following car rental companies operate at Sharjah Airport: Hertz, Budget, Europcar, Avis, Dollar Rent A Car, Maximum Rent A Car, Fast UAE, Thrifty Rent A Car and Sixt. Rental car rental desks are located in the arrivals area. Near the airport equipped with short and long term parking.
Rashidova ave., 3
Al-Qasba is a popular pedestrian zone, a favorite place for leisure among locals and tourists. There are many cafes, an entertainment area for children with rides, a Ferris wheel. Having glanced in the art center “Maraya”, you will get acquainted with the modern visual art of the Emirates, visit educational projects or cultural events. Going on a boat trip on a traditional abra, you can enjoy bewitching panoramic views of skyscrapers, bridges, promenade. In the dark, Al-Qasbah is illuminated by millions of lights, which is why it is especially romantic to stroll here.
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Having rented a car, you should go on an excursion to Al-Hish Fort, which once played an important political role and served as the residence of the ruling family of Sharjah. The fortification is built of adobe, coral and stone. Inside there is a museum where you can see the ruler’s residential apartments, lounges, rooms of sheikhs and nobles. In addition, the following expositions are open: “Trade”, “Persons from Sharjah”, “Training”, “Acquisitions”.
King Faisal St., al Majaz, 1
One of the most popular places in the city is the Al Markazi Blue Market. The building was built in a traditional Muslim design, most of it is yellow, and under the rays of the sun it seems as if the building is completely made of gold. The side parts are decorated with round mosaics of traditional Islamic blue. Inside there are about 600 stores. Here you can find anything you want and even more: gold jewelry, gilded animal figures, key chains, Iranian hand-made silk carpets, antiques, electronics.
Bait al serkal al shuwaiheyn
No less striking attraction is the Art Museum. This is one of the largest art galleries in the Middle East, which has 68 exhibition halls and a roof terrace. During the tour, you will be able to see eight collections from the personal collection of Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi. The works of travel artists, lithographs, documentary evidence of battles, pencil-watercolor paintings - this is a small list of what is presented in the collection. The most popular artists whose works are exhibited at the museum are Horace Van Ruyn, Ludwig Deutsch, David Roberts.
Al-Hizam Al-Akhdar Road / Cultural Square
When traveling by car in Sharjah, do not miss the opportunity to visit the Archaeological Museum. Here you can fully get acquainted with the history of the region and the emirate, cultural features and the development of civilization. In the first hall, you can find out about the archaeological sites found, in the second - get acquainted with the exposition of the Stone Age. Other halls feature unique exhibits dating from the Stone and Bronze Ages.
Bastakia is a historical district, once in which you can literally travel back several centuries. Once there lived pearl hunters, later wealthy people, immigrants settled in their place. But it’s important that the region still managed to preserve its rich architectural and cultural heritage. In order to fully plunge into the unique atmosphere and imagine what Sharjah was once, it is worth visiting Fort Al-Fahidi, which was built in the 18th century, Beit Al-Vahil (the first office building), the Majilis Gallery and the XVA Art Gallery. Important note: the air temperature can reach +59 ° C, so it is better to plan a trip to Bastakia early in the morning or in the late afternoon.
Jumeirah beach rd
30 kilometers from Sharjah is the Dubai Zoo, which is considered the oldest on the Arabian Peninsula. This is one of those places where you can hide from the heat and just the place where it will be interesting for both children and adults. Walking along the alleys, you can sit on a bench and watch the animals. If you are full of strength and determination to see as much as possible, then boldly overcome the alley after the alley. The zoo is home to 230 species of animals, some of which are listed in the Red Book. There is no structured layout of animals. There may be a chimpanzee next to the lion, there is also an ostrich and a wolf. In addition to the long-familiar and beloved individuals, it will be possible to see exotic ones: the Arabian sand and rattlesnake, the Socotria cormorants, the eared neck, the wild cat of Gordon. You can take a breath and eat in one of the cafes.
Not far from the mouth of the Dubai Creek Bay is a popular open-air museum, the Ethnographic Village of Shindaga. This is one of the few places in which the spirit of those times when Sharjah was a small settlement, and the inhabitants survived through the trade in pearls, was preserved. During the tour, you will be able to see how the masters of weaving and pottery work, ride a camel, visit a pearl exhibition and taste local dishes in an Arabian restaurant. In numerous shops of local merchants, souvenirs will be obtained. It will be more convenient to get to the village by renting a car.
Level 2, Building, Gate Village, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai International Financial Center www.artspace-dubai.com
Artspace Gallery was created to support and promote contemporary Middle Eastern art and artists. The presented works are multifaceted and raise a wide variety of topics. In addition to excursions, consultations are provided for private clients and business communities. The submitted works are for sale. Cloths, sculptures can be an excellent gift to a loved one or complement the interior of the office or home.
Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeria 1
One of the most impressive buildings located in the vicinity of Sharjah is the Jumeirah Mosque. The first thing that impresses is the massive exterior: 45 small domes, 9 large, 70-meter minaret. This is one of the few mosques where tourists can go at set hours and where tours are held. Here they talk about the traditions of Islamic culture and religion. The interior is no less pompous and magnificent. Precious pearl mosaics, marble, Swarovski stone chandeliers and an incredible atmosphere of tranquility and tranquility - all this will undoubtedly impress. After the tour, you can take a breath in the cafe located inside the mosque.
Al Muntazah Street | Sheraton Sharjah Beach Resort www.gustirestaurant-sharjah.com
Rent a car and head to Gusti Restaurant for breakfast. Already from 6:30 in the morning, the institution opens its doors, offering a wide variety of dishes for every taste. Crouching at a table on the terrace, you can enjoy a cup of coffee, a croissant and plan your route. Despite the heavy workload, the staff pays time to each guest, talking about their favorite dishes and recommending drinks. Another advantage - the rental car can be left in the parking lot near the restaurant.
Al Majaz Waterfront, Corniche St. www.shakespeare-and-co.com
Shakespeare and Co. Al Majaz Waterfront is perhaps one of the most romantic places in the Shakespearean style. The first thing that impresses is the stunning interior in the best old English traditions. No less impressive in the restaurant and cuisine. It is worth trying a salad with grilled fish, freshly baked buns with lemon butter, a mix with different fish and rice, a salad with fried cheese, Turkish coffee. A beautiful playground is equipped for children. If you also want to enjoy views of the fountains during the meal, you should sit at a table on the veranda.
Al Khalidia Al Khalidiya St. www.sanobar-restaurant.com
If you're a fan of Middle Eastern food, head to Sanobar Restaurant for lunch. Lobsters, food soup, shrimp, rice, eggplant, smoothies and fresh juices are all perfectly cooked in accordance with the recipe. It impresses not only the quick service, but also the original presentation. The portions are large, so some dishes can be ordered for two. As compliments, visitors are treated to fruits, sweet desserts, and vegetable dishes.
Qanat al Qasba Al Taawun St. www.shababeek.ae
When traveling in a rented car, do not miss the opportunity to drop in a Shababeek restaurant with Lebanese cuisine. The competent staff will be able to tell about each dish and give recommendations based on your gastronomic preferences. You can sit at a table on the street and enjoy delicious seafood, lamb, fresh salads and hot Arabian bread, while looking at the Al-Qasbah Canal.
King faisal st www.gazebo.ae
Gazebo Restaurant is an ideal place to spend an evening. This is an absolutely colorful place with Indian and Asian cuisine. In addition, the menu offers a wide selection of dishes for vegetarians. The highlight of the institution is sophistication in cooking, a combination of ingredients, serving. The staff is extremely polite and courteous, and the cozy atmosphere provides for a pleasant pastime. You can sit in the main hall or on the terrace on the second floor.
Al Muntazah Street, Sharjah Corniche
+971 6 522 9999 www.hmhhotelgroup.com/coral/unitedarabemirates/sharjah double room - from € 113
For families, Coral Beach Resort Sharjah is a good choice. The hotel has access to its own beach, in addition, there is a zone with pools, sun loungers and a jacuzzi. Nearby are a supermarket, pharmacy. In the morning, guests are offered a rich assortment of breakfasts, after a meal you can safely go to explore the sights of Sharjah. Thanks to the attentive staff, the rest will be unforgettable.
Al Arouba St.
+971 6 563 7777 www.swiss-belhotel.com double room - from € 53
The main advantage of the Swiss-Belhotel Sharjah is its good location. Nearby are the main attractions and shopping centers. Upon arrival, the staff is kindly greeted by treats with cookies and traditional drinks. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. Located on the upper floors, a completely breathtaking view will open from the windows. It is convenient to get anywhere in the city and the surrounding area by renting a car.
Al Khan St.
+971 6 556 6778 www.emirates-palace.ae double room - from € 77
For a short stay in Sharjah, Emirates Palace Hotel Suites is suitable. The rooms are spacious, well equipped, and the interior is made in a traditional oriental style. It offers a spa, fitness center, free parking, room-service. The child can be entrusted to a professional nanny and go for dinner in a restaurant or for a walk in al-Qasbah. The hotel is suitable for both business trips and family vacations.
King Faisal St., Abu Shagara
+971 6 509 0777 www.grandexcelsioralsharjah.com double room - from € 88
Grand Excelsior Sharjah is a cozy hotel within walking distance of the City Center, shops, a park, a bay with fountains. Every detail here makes an impression: a panoramic elevator, original carpets in the corridors, air aromatization. There is a pool on the roof with stunning views of the city. The competent staff will help you to comfortably accommodate and will take care of the comfort of guests throughout the rest.
Corniche Road, Al Majaz 3
+971 6 519 2222 www3.hilton.com double room - from € 112
Hilton Sharjah is an elite hotel in which everything is perfect to the smallest detail. The staff is executive and attentive, any request or request will be fulfilled. You can also contact them for tips or recommendations. The rooms are bright and airy, with panoramic windows offering stunning views of the bay and the city. Guests at the hotel can enjoy leisure time in the pool, spa or jacuzzi. Rental cars can be left on free parking.
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