Sharjah, land of diversified architectural character, has a landmark in every corner that narrates the story of the emirate’s rich heritage and culture.
Starting from traditional souks like Souk Al Arsa, to state-of-the-art souks and malls like the Central Souk, and ending with Al Qasba and Al Majaz Waterfront which offer high-class and modern entertainment, cultural and leisure facilities, Sharjah is a warm and welcoming emirate.
Sharjah Islamic Culture Capital Monument 2014
The Sharjah Islamic Culture Capital memorial rises 42 meters and the podium occupies an area of 650 square meters, while the total area of the base that carries the highest column monument is 50 square meters. The bottom diameter of the column is 3.3 meters, while the upper diameter is 6.2 meters. The podium is covered with three different types of granite while the base column is covered with fibre glass, concrete and granite. The main column is covered with green granite, and surrounded by a spiral bar made of aluminum with different finishes creating a kind of contrast for easy reading of the verses of Holy Qur’an. The 28 Quranic verses celebrate reverence and quest for knowledge, learning and the merit of scholars. The upper part of the memorial includes 12 columns which are connected with 12 arches topped by a golden dome.
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 Waterfront in the south, and finds itself just opposite Sharjah Hilton Hotel.
Al Noor Mosque
Inaugurated in 2005, Al Noor Mosque was built at orders from Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, spouse of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.
With its elegance and creative design, this iconic masterpiece reflects the Ottoman architectural style with its minarets and huge domes.
Al Noor Mosque is the first mosque in Sharjah to open its doors to the expatriate community and visitors to Sharjah so that they may learn about the UAE National culture and religion.
Public visit every Monday at 10am (except public holidays)
Duration of the tour approx. 1 hour
Explanations on Islam & Culture of U.A.E
Questions and Answer session
Eye Of The Emirates
Stands out as one of the most prominent landmarks in Sharjah. This giant ferris wheel is 60 meters high, which gives visitors a chance to view Sharjah, as well as parts of Dubai, from its 42 air-conditioned cabins which allow a view of up to 30 miles around.
King Faisal Mosque
King Faisal Mosque earns the honour of being the largest among Sharjah’s mosques and named after King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, former Ruler of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The mosque was opened in 1987 and can accommodate 16670 worshipers.
Note: Non-Muslims are not allowed for inside visit to this mosque
The Flag Island
Located in the city of Sharjah opposite the corniche area. The flagpole on Flag Island is the 7th tallest flagpole in the world, where the UAE flag is flying on a 123 metre-high pole, and holds a flag of 15 x 30 meters.
The Flag Island was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, on December 2, 2012 as part of the UAE’s 41st National Day celebration.
Al Rolla Square
The Rolla Square is a historical site in Sharjah and was named as such after the planting of the first banyan tree (locally known as Rolla tree) in the 1800s.
The tree lasted for nearly 150 years until 1978, and families from Dubai, Ajman and other emirates would gather near the Rolla tree and use it as a meeting point for Eid, National Day, meetings and other special occasions.
Cultural Capital of the Arab World Monument
In 1998, Sharjah was named the ‘Cultural Capital of the Arab World’ by UNESCO, an honour richly deserved. Sharjah has kept the spirit of its history alive by innovatively incorporating tradition into every aspect of contemporary development. The result is a vibrant, modern Emirate that simultaneously looks forward to a bright future as it looks back respectfully to its history.
This beautiful landmark was built to celebrate the strong relationship between the United Arab Emirate and Kuwait, and to serve as a permanent memorial to the brotherly bonds between the two nations that are joined together by the ties of kinship, unity of faith and language and take pride in a shared past and present and bright future.
His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, had been the moving spirit behind the landmark project since its beginning and until its completion. The Kuwait Square was unveiled by the Ruler on Sunday, 25th February, 1990.
The memorial came up at the important intersection named after Kuwait and is at the heart of some of the busiest roads connecting with the city centre.
Al Ittihad Square
It is one of Sharjah’s biggest square, covering an area of more than 60,000 square-meters in Al-Sour district. The union monument is placed in the middle of the area and is decorated with seven oysters each with a pearl inside which represent each of the seven Emirates. The seven oysters surround the central pillar, which is crowned with a golden pearl symbolizing the union of the Emirates.
Sharjah’s Cultural Square is one of the most impressive sights in the emirate of Sharjah, bounded on all sides by rich Islamic architecture and dominated by an awe-inspiring sculpture of the Holy Quran.The Square is home to the Ahmed Bin Hanbal Mosque, the Cultural Centre and the Diwan Al Amiree.
Think of 'shopping in Sharjah' and the Central Souk springs to mind. Open since 1979, the legendary Central Souk is the most famous souk in Sharjah and is a must-see destination for all shoppers. Discover an extraordinary collection of handicrafts, brilliant in colour and magnetic in appeal.
Delve into a maze of more than 600 exciting and intriguing shops split between two levels with spacious corridors that take you from store to store, to uncover unusual treasures and traditional gift items, handmade goods and regional imports. You will find a mixture of shops selling gold, silver, authentic jewellery, precious stones, beautiful modern jewellery, to impressive collections of Oriental carpets and rugs, arts, crafts and attractive ornaments, cameras, models of traditional Arab dhows (sailing vessels) in silver; Indian, Pakistani, Indonesian and African hand-carved furniture and products, precious Arabic perfumes and cosmetics, textiles, beaded bags, exquisite Afghani embroideries, shawls in brilliant colours, embroidered Syrian table cloths, antiques and copper trays in all sizes, and much more.
The Central Souk has one of the best selections of oriental carpets in the UAE. Many outlets specialise in carpets, kilims, elegant silk carpets, carpetbags and wall hangings, which come from Afghanistan, Turkey, Iran, Kashmir, Pakistan and anywhere between Central Asia and China. Most of the carpet sellers are knowledgeable about their trade and they will order you a traditional cup of tea or coffee and happily unroll carpet after carpet until you find the one you want.
In between shopping and discovering, relax and enjoy a snack in the friendly cafés followed by a wander along the scenic Khaled Lagoon.
Souk Al Arsah
Step back in time and visit the peaceful air-conditioned alleyways of the covered market, probably the oldest market place in the UAE, designed with solid wooden doors, beautiful coral brick walls and hanging lanterns. The shopkeepers are friendly, helpful and more than happy to relate stories about their particular craft or business whilst sharing a glass of suleimani (spicy tea with a delicious sweet flavour) or a mint tea. The souk features a number of small stores selling local, new and antique handicrafts, wooden Arabic bridal and pearl chests, copper coffee pots, ethnic and hand-made jewellery, perfume bottles and incense, handmade woven garments, palm-leaf baskets, medicinal herbs, carpets, shawls and novelties.
Al Qasba is a unique waterfront destination centrally located in Sharjah city. With the Etisalat Eye of the Emirates observation wheel in the background, the lively banks of Al Qasba offer a range of trendy restaurants and cafés serving cuisines from around the world.
Welcoming families, business visitors and tourists alike, Al Qasba combines culture with entertainment and continuously strives to develop leisure activities that highlight Arabic and Islamic heritage.
Al Majaz waterfront
Featuring special attractions including landscaped gardens, cafes, shops, kiosks andthe 100-meter height and 200 meters wide Sharjah fountain, Al Majaz waterfront is an ideal venue for a relaxed breakfast, healthy lunch, dinner with the family, late night coffee, or a business meeting any time of day. The picture-perfect backdrop of the musical cybernetic Sharjah Fountain, a key feature of the project, makes dining at the Al Majaz Waterfront restaurants and cafes a sheer delight.
Al Noor Island
Sharjah’s newest leisure attraction has been designed and developed to inspire the senses with spacious landscaped areas, innovative architecture and multi-media experiences.
The 45,470 square meter Island located in Khalid Lagoon in Sharjah was provided with atmospheric lighting, the subtle lighting of island features with LEDs and other light installations, bring the island to life at night. A number of art installations from around the world provide further inspiration for visitors, including the ‘OVO’, ‘Torus’ and various light paintings visible after dark.
Al Noor Island’s new Butterfly House is expected to provide a big draw for residents and visitors to Sharjah. With ornamentally perforated shadow roof inspired by ornate Arab windows (mashrabiya), the aviary will house as many as 500 exotic butterflies native to a variety of countries. Butterfly species include the African Monarch (Danaus chrysippus), the Autumn Leaf (Doleschallia bisaltide) from India and the Common Rose swallow-tail butterfly (Pachliopta aristolochiae), which is found across South East Asia and is known for its bright colouration and unique pattern of its wings.
The Butterfly House will also have a gift shop and a modern café for visitors, with indoor and outdoor seating area. Nearby, visitors will find a Literature Pavilion, where they can relax, read, take in the beauty of nature around them. The island features a 3,500 meter long walkway which takes visitors through the miniature gardens to key facilities, whilst allowing them to take in the peaceful setting and view outdoor art attractions.
Adults: AED 50
Children below 12 years old: AED 30
Children below 3 years of age are free of charge
Al Noor Island: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Saturday – Wednesday) 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight (Thursday – Friday)
Butterfly House: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Everyday) Last admission: 5:45 p.m.
Location: Buhairah Corniche Road, Khalid Lagoon