Get around

Public buses are by Sharjah Transport, There are seven local and three express routes. Dubai’s RTA also offers express commuter bus service. Licensed taxi companies are Sharjah, Emirates, Citi, Union, and Advantage. Taxi plates are reflective green, helps spot them at night. Flag fall is Dhs. 3, then Dhs. 1 every 650 m. There is a surcharge of Dhs. 20 to go into Dubai.


See

  • Heritage Area– Good overview available here including a few restoration of old houses. The Heritage is situated near the Corniche between Burj Avenue & Al-Maraija Road. Many historic buildings have been reconstructed with traditional materials. The most interesting sites are Al Hisn Fort, Literature Square with House of PoetrySharjah Museum of Islamic CivilizationSharjah Heritage Museum and Souq al-Arsa. Most sites in the Heritage Area have opening times set aside solely for women. Visitors of both genders should make certain of these on arrival in the city.
    • Al Hisn Fort,Al-Hosn Avenue, ☎ 5685500. Sat to Thur 8am to 2pm, Fri:closed. The Sharjah Fort Museum dominates the Heritage District. The fort itself has been lovingly restored by the present Sheikh and the museum provides something of a glimpse at social history of the Emirate. Many exhibit signs, however, are solely in Arabic, with those in English often being rife with errors. Adult:AED 5, Family:AED 10, Children:Free.
    • Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization,☎ 5655455. Sat to Thur 8am-8pm, Fri 4-8 pm only.Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization is a fascinating place for any visitors with an interest in the faith, as there are handwritten Qur’ans, letters from the Prophet Muhammad to other leaders and various artifacts from Mecca itself. Also a comprehensive display of Arab handicrafts. Adult: AED 5, Family: AED 10, Children: Free.
    • Bait al-Naboodah,Heritage Area, ☎ 5685500. Sat to Thur 8am-8pm, Fri 4-8 pm only. Adult: AED 5, Family: AED 10, Children: Free.
    • Souq al-Arsah,Heritage Area. Sat to Thu 9am-1pm, 4 -9 pm, Fri 4-9 pm only. Another souq worth a visit. It is considered to be the oldest souq in the country. Stop at the traditional coffehouse for a mint tea and a plate of dates.
    • Sharjah Calligraphy Museum, (Heritage Area),☎ 5694561. Sat to Thur 8am-8pm, Fri 4-8 pm only. A small museum with magnificient calligraphic works of art by Persian, Arabic and Tukish artist with a workshop where students are trained in the art of calligraphy Adult: AED 5, Family: AED 10, Children: Free.
  • Art Area– Includes Sharjah’s Art Museum which covers regional and international art exhibits, with the oriental collection being its highlights. The Arts Area is situated opposite the Heritage Area on the other side of Burj Avenue.
    • Sharjah Art Museum,☎ 5688222. Sat to Thur 8am-8pm, Fri 4-8 pm only. The Sharjah Art Museum shows contemporary art by local and foreign artists. It is also the home of the Sharjah International Art Biennale”http://www.sharjahart.org/biennial/sharjah-biennial-10/welcome“, a bi-yearly exhibition of international contemporary art and performance. Free Admission.
  • Sharjah Archeology Museum,Sheikh Rashid bin Saqr alQassimi Road, ☎ 5665466. Sat to Thu 9am-1am, 5-8pm, Fri 5-8pm, Sunday: Closed. The museum explore the changing environments experienced by the region’s inhabitants from the Stone Age to the present day through displays of artefacts, coins, jewellery, pottery and ancient weapons. Investigate a dig in progress, explore models of burials, houses and tombs and see the first forms of writing in this area. . Adult:AED 5, Family:AED 10, Children:Free.
  • Other museums also covers marine, natural history, aviation, and other valuable aspects
  • Blue Souq (Souq Al Markazi or Central Souq)– An interesting, if slightly chaotic, shopping centre hosting around 600 shops in two wings. The ground floor shops tend to stock gold and expensive designer clothes, with the upper level containing shops stocking carpets and curios from as far afield as Afghanistan and Tibet. Haggling over prices in the upper-level shops will frequently attract massive discounts. A great place to buy gifts and traditional goods. Considered superior to Dubai for carpets by Western expatriates.
  • Sharjah Desert Park, (28 km from Sharjah on the road to Al Dhaid. It has three components spread over one square kilometre: the Natural History Museum, Arabian Wildlife Centre and the Children’s Farm.The museum provides people of all ages with an opportunity to learn about the flora and fauna of the Arabian Desert and has five main exhibition halls: A Journey through Sharjah, Man and the Environment, A Journey through Time, The Living Desert and The Living Sea. The Arabian Wildlife Centre showcases the rich diversity of fauna in the Arabian Peninsula as well as teaching about species which have become, and are becoming, extinct. It contains more than 100 species of animals, and is divided into a reptile and insect house, aviary, nocturnal houses, viewing area and a section for large predators and monkeys. The children’s farm gives children a chance to come into close contact with farm animals, such as donkeys, goats, sheep and chickens.).Sunday to Thursday 9 am – 5.30 pm, Friday 2 pm – 5.30 pm, Saturday 11 am – 5.30 pm, Tuesday: Closed. The park covers an area of 1 km2.Adult: AED 15, Children (12 – 16 years): AED 5, Children (under 12): Free.
  • Fish Market,Corniche Road (opposite Blue Suq). daily 5am to 1pm.
  • King Faisal Mosque,Al-Ittahid Square. This magnificient mosque was a gift of the Saudi Arabian King Faisal. It was opened in 1987 and has space for 15.000 people. There are separate prayer rooms for men and women and the mosque has an Islamic library with more than 7.000 books. Admission for muslims only.
  • Al-Qasba and Eye of the Emirates,Al-Taiwoon Road, Al-Chan Lagoon, ☎ 5560777. Sat to Thu 10am to 11pm, Fr 4pm to 11 pm. At Al Qasba,you can enjoy culture, entertainment and leisure attractions representing the very best from the Arab world and beyond.
  • Al-Mahattah-Museum,Estiqlal Square, ☎ 5733079. Sat to Thu 8am to 8pm, Fri 4pm to 8pm. Al Mahatta was the first airport in the Gulf region. It was opened in 1932 as a staging post for commercial flights from Britain to India. There is an interesting film about the daily life at the airport and Sharjah town in the 1930s and four original propeller planes stand in the hangar. Adult:AED 5, Family:AED 10, Children:Free.

Do

  • Jetskiing is very famous around summer time in the Khalid Lagoon.
  • F1 Boat Races happen around the manmade island in the Buhaira Corniche sometime around December.
  • Qanat al Qasba has a beautiful mosque right by the canal.
  • From Al Qasba there is a ferry that gives you a boat tour around Sharjah.
  • Several diffent yearly festivals take place, and each one is a wonderful cultural experience. There are many fun activities at these festivals such as camel rides, henna, delicious Arabian foods and dishes, and much more.
  • In celebration of the date season, which runs from mid-May to mid-August, the Date Festival is held at the Fruit and Vegetable Market from May 15 to August 15.

 

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