Sarjah is in United Aarab Emirates.This is also a wonderfully family-friendly destination, with lots to keep the kids amused, including the newly opened Al Noor Island, with its butterfly house, and the fun-packed exhibits at the Science Museum.So lets see the best places in Sarjah…
Sharjah’s Central Market is the city’s most famous landmark. The intricate blue tile work on the exterior has given it the nickname the Blue Souk. More than 600 shops are inside, where shoppers will find sections devoted to gold and jewelry, perfume, clothing, food, electronics, and gift-type items. The upper floor has the atmosphere of an authentic Arabian bazaar, with vendors selling antiques, carpets, Omani and Yemeni jewelry, and all sorts of other exotic souvenirs. For downtime after shopping exploits, the market area is also home to plenty of cafés.
Location: Khalid Lagoon, Sharjah
2.Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation
Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization is a good place to dive into the deep roots of Arab and Islamic culture. A number of scientific and religious manuscripts as well as a collection of Islamic arts and craftwork dating from the 7th to the 19th centuries are on display. Features of particular note include the exhibit of clay, pottery, and glass as well as metallic handicrafts inlaid with silver, gold, and brass, and the collection of astrolabes. The museum holds items dating back to the Abbasid and Umayyad eras, including a coin collection of silver dinars and dirhams, but also traces the far reaching tentacles of Islamic culture, with exhibits of Mughal and Ottoman craftwork.
Address: Corniche Street
3.Al Noor Island
This public park, created in Khalid Lagoon and accessed by bridge from the central city Corniche Street, is Sharjah’s top spot if you’re looking for some tranquil downtime to recuperate from shopping and museum exploring. The island blends art and nature into its design and features gardens scattered with modern art sculptures and installations, created by some of the world’s most renowned artists. Perhaps the premier attraction is Al Noor Island’s butterfly house, where an approximate 500 different butterfly species can be seen.
Location: Khalid Lagoon, Sharjah
4.Sharjah Maritime Museum
As a settlement, Sharjah has always been linked closely to the water, and the Maritime Museum highlights the importance of the sea in the city’s development. There are interesting exhibits on traditional wooden dhows as well as pearl collecting and fishing – all once important to the economy here. Highlights include the collection of glimmering pearls (including what is thought to be the oldest pearl ever collected in the world) and the beautiful wooden dhow docked outside the museum.
Continuing on with the water theme, next-door is Sharjah Aquarium, which hosts around 150 species of sea life including reef sharks and sea rays.
Location: Off Al Meena Street, Al Khan district
The most southerly village in the United Arab Emirates, Kalba is a quaint fishing village with a lively fresh produce and fish market on the seashore. It’s a charming place for a stroll that is worth the trip for the Al-Hisn Museum (built as a fort 200 years ago) and the fully restored House of Sheikh Saeed bin Hamad Al-Qassimi, with its displays of musical instruments and traditional furniture.
Just south of the village is the Khor Kalba Conservation Reserve, containing the most northerly mangrove forest in the world. This is a bird-watcher’s paradise, especially during spring and autumn migrations. Visitors can spot the rare white-collared kingfishers that breed here as well as reef herons and booted warblers. Trips to the reserve are by hired boat or canoe.
Location: 112 kilometers east of Sharjah
This waterfront quarter is Sharjah’s top nighttime destination, with plenty of cafés and restaurants. The seafront road is a favorite for promenading and taking in the evening atmosphere, but Al Qasba’s biggest attraction is the 60-meter-high Eye of the Emirates observation wheel. Head up on this big wheel to get a soaring perspective over the city. Views from the top can stretch for 30 miles. It’s particularly good for nighttime shots of Sharjah’s lights and many illuminated buildings.
Address: Corniche Street, Sharjah
7.Al Noor Mosque
The Al Noor Mosque is the only mosque in Sharjah open to non-Muslims. Anyone interested in digging a bit deeper into the heritage of the United Arab Emirates and wanting to learn a little about Islamic beliefs would find a visit here a worthy addition to their Sharjah itinerary. Non-Muslims can visit the mosque on a tour, which takes place every Monday at 10am and includes a discussion on Islamic and Emirati history, culture, and traditions. The mosque itself is a modern construction (built in 2005) and modeled on classical Ottoman style, with slender, pointed minarets, typical of Ottoman mosque architecture.
Address: Corniche Street, Sharjah
8.Sharjah Heritage Area
The Sharjah Heritage Area is a combination of several museums that include the Sharjah Heritage Museum, Souk Al Arsah, Al Midfaa House, Al Hisn Sharjah, and Hisn Fort. Souk Al Arsah is a large open courtyard souk, restored in its traditional style, that now includes a number of different shops featuring silver and wooden handicrafts, jewelry, traditional garments, and beauty products.
Bait Al Naboodah is a traditional family house once home to the Al-Shamsi family. Comprised of 16 rooms, it has been converted into the Sharjah Heritage Museum. Each room has a different aspect of Emirati culture, such as traditional clothing. Al Midfaa House is the restored family home of Al Midfaa – a prominent figure in Sharjah and the United Arab Emirates. The exhibits here cover the literature and culture of the region. Al Hisn Fort was the traditional residence of the ruling family of Sharjah. The fort was built 200 years ago and served as a defensive facility for the town. Exhibits feature the history of Sharjah through themed displays in each room.
Location: Off Corniche Street
Sharjah’s Souk Area is an excellent way to experience the bustle of traditional Arabian shopping. Join local shoppers as they do their weekly rounds at the Fish Souk – a stinky and busy mix of noise and color – and then dive into the Fruit and Vegetable Souk, always crowded with vendors shouting out their prices and customers bargaining for good deals. It’s a prime opportunity to capture some vibrant photos of daily Sharjah life and see a shopping souk, which hasn’t been dressed up for the tourists.
10.Sharjah Arts Museum
The largest Arts Museum in the United Arab Emirates (for now, until the Louvre and Guggenheim open in Abu Dhabi), this state-of-the-art facility opened in 1997 and features a permanent collection as well as a program of temporary exhibits. The permanent collection includes valuable artwork from the collections of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, the Ruler of Sharjah. There are 72 galleries spread over three floors, with a focus on works by artists who painted the Arab world.
Many artworks are by 18th-century painters who visited the Middle East and became fascinated by the natural environment, architecture, and culture. The Ali Darwish gallery contains watercolors of Sharjah. The contemporary section consists of more than 300 works by local, Arab, and foreign artists. If you’re an art-lover on a weekend stopover in Dubai, this is one of the top places to visit.
Address: Off Corniche Street, Sharjah