Sharjah has become famed as a complete tourism destination - adventurous and relaxing, family-friendly and culturally fascinating and vibrant.
Sharjah has more than 20 museums and attractions for all ages and interests, as well as amazingly diverse landscapes, countless exciting sports and activities, and a busy calendar of world-class events and festivals. There are mosques, cultural venues and heritage sites. State-of-the-art shopping malls combine with traditional souks to ensure complete shopping appeal. There is fascination at every corner in Sharjah.
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To discover this wonderful emirate, Sharjah has many tour operators offering exciting desert and mountain safaris, as well as city tours and shopping trips. Longer excursions can be arranged including overnight camping, as well as special interest packages for fishing, diving, golf and archaeology.
Camel riding, canoe trips, sand boarding, sand skiing, dune buggy driving and excursions to other emirates are also all on offer.
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Entertainment for the young is available in Sharjah’s malls, children’s centres and museums. With many different indoor and outdoor activities available, this family destination is perfect at any time of the year.
Sharjah has a number of recreational areas and boasts over 50 attractive landscaped parks such as Al Montazah park, National park, Fun Park, and Al Buheirah Corniche, where anyone can enjoy a stroll and escape from the bustle of the city. The Emirate is also notable for its numerous elegant mosques.
Al Qasba is a major cultural hub and leisure destination, providing all kinds of recreation and entertainment attractions for adults and children. It also features a 1,500 square metre exhibition space to showcase local and international cultural and educational arts. In addition, the ‘Eye of the Emirates’ is among the most prominent and outstanding features of Al Qasba. The 60 metre high observation wheel has 42 fully air-conditioned cubicles offering stunning views of Sharjah and Dubai.
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Fun on water
Sharjah provides ideal conditions for all water sports for most of the year. Sports enthusiasts have a diversity of activities to choose from. Most of the larger hotel clubs in Sharjah offer courses, classes and coaching in various sports as well as gymnasium facilities. Also many of the parks in the city have areas dedicated to sports enthusiasts.
A popular place for jetskis and watersports is from Al Khan Lagoon to Al Mamzar Lagoon. Al Khan Beach stretches from the old village in Al Khan to Al Layyeh area and is a very popular tourist attraction.
Palm trees surround the sandy Al Corniche Beach, stretching from Sharjah Ladies Club along the coast to Coral Beach Resort. The Khalid Lagoon is a large expanse of water with a beautiful fountain in its centre. The lagoon is encased with green lawns and palm trees, offering a magnificent tourist destination.
Al Buheirah Corniche is one of the most atmospheric areas in Sharjah. Visitors enjoy walking here, around the lagoon, passing Al Montazah Park and the Central Souk. There are also a large number of restaurants around the lagoon and several coffee shops and cafés. The Sharjah Corniche extends from Al Buheirah Corniche to Ajman Beach, passing by the fish market. It is a destination for walkers covering a considerable distance and following the creek to the coast.
Sharjah also hosts watersports throughout the year - lagoons, bays and creeks for wind-surfing, with designated areas for water skiing and jet skiing; mangroves for canoeing; and the East Coast for snorkeling, fishing and diving; plus the Arabian Gulf coastal shores for sailing.
The desert has an extraordinary beauty of its own, a primal scene that is something to behold.
Desert activities include dune-bashing, quad-biking and wadi trips. The impressive rocky mountains present stunning drives amid high and rugged scenery.
Explore the popular Wadi Bih trip that extends from Dibba to the Mussandam Peninsula, cross the mountains between Manama, Masafi and the East Coast. Visit the famous Hatta Pools with its deep canyons or go further south where green and water-filled wadis can be found near Al Ain.
The East Coast has beautiful bays lined with sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Famous for its watersports, snorkelling, diving and relaxing, this coast creates the ideal break for a weekend or longer. The city beaches on the Arabian Gulf coast offer safe, white sand, palm tree lined beaches with clear azure seas and gently lapping waves. The most popular beaches for sunbathing are Al Khan Beach and Al Mamzar Beach.
KhorFakkan, on the East Coast, offers a beautiful beach for swimming or barbecuing along the coast where many rocky outcrops are found. There are also charming sandy beaches and areas allocated for camping.
Al Majaz Amphitheatre
Dubbed the official venue of the Sharjah Capital of Islamic Culture (SICC) 2014 Celebrations, Al Majaz open-air Roman-style amphitheater is the first in the region.
The semi-circular theater includes several terraced seating areas that can accommodate up to 4500 spectators, and a huge stage equipped with a state-of-the-art audio system. Positioned on Al Majaz Island, Khalid Lagoon with an area of 7238 square meters, the Amphitheatre is tucked between Flag Island in the north and Al Majaz Water Front in the south, and finds itself just opposite Sharjah Hilton Hotel.
It will have conference rooms and galleries, as well as a number of shops, restaurants and green areas that will surround it from all sides along with an outstanding panoramic view of the waterfront.
Elaborating on the role of the emirate, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi said: “Sharjah, with its people, scientific edifices, cultural platforms and historical character, has given joy a different meaning embodied in the knowledge it disseminates to continue to serve as a beacon of science among nations.
“Thanks to its abundant intellectual treasures, the emirate has managed to establish its cultural and Islamic identity so as to remain a source of pride for us, as well as for Arabs and Muslims.”
Sharjah’s National Theatre
Founded in 1978, is one of the most celebrated theatres of the region. The organisation has won numerous local and international awards for its contribution to the local theatrical scene, and continues to play an invaluable rule in promoting local arts and culture.
Storytelling shows, reenactments of classical stories and new performances at theatres in Sharjah are designed exclusively to enable visitors to relive the traditions of the bygone era and highlight the culture and tradition of the emirate. There are shows and activities to attract all ages.
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