The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven Emirates in the Arabian Peninsula and one of its Emirate Sharjah is the third largest Emirate in the UAE, as well as, the acclaimed cultural capital of the region.
Nearly thirty years ago, when Dubai was still not much more than a somewhat trading port, Sharjah was at the forefront of tourism development. If Dubai is a hub of the largest, tallest and biggest man-made wonders and a shop-till-you-drop destination, Sharjah believes in a more subtle approach by focusing on heritage, culture, history, art and adventure. The culture capital may not be as glitzy and lively as Dubai or Abu Dhabi, or have a huge number of malls or attractions, but Sharjah has its own worldly charm that is unmatchable! In fact, with plenty of souks, museums and art hubs, Sharjah has been named as the “Cultural Capital ” of the Arab World by UNESCO, firmly labeling the Emirate as the keystone for Islamic and Arabic culture.
Sharjah is thriving with places that quench the thirst of many art lovers. Whatever type or style of art you prefer, there is certainly something that can interest you in this Emirate. Therefore, with Sharjah accommodating people with all kinds of tastes and preferences, no wonder it is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination in the UAE.
Sharjah city is definitely worth a visit. Highlights of Sharjah Include the Al Noor Mosque, Al Qasba, Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, Al Mamzar Beach Street, SharjahAquarium, Al Montazah Amusement and Water Park, Al Noor Island, Al Mamzar Beach Park and Al Majaz Waterfront among others. Located at the Khalid lagoon at the Buhaira Corniche, Al Noor Mosque is undeniably one of the top places to visit in Sharjah and is the only mosque open to non-Muslims. Moreover, the Sharjah Art Museum is the best museum to visit and the largest art gallery in the Gulf, with a remarkable collection of Arabic and Orientalist art. On your Sharjah holiday, you must also pay a visit to the One Old House, an impressive Fort that gives an interesting insight into how affluent Arabs lived before the arrival of the high-rise apartment.
Interestingly, the Sharjah International airport is situated just 15 km away from the centre of Dubai and approximately 18 km east south east of the Sharjah city. The most popular airlines that fly to Sharjah are Air Arabia (direct), Air India Express (direct), Indigo and Turkish Airlines among others.
Welcome to the Pearl of Emirates ‘Sharjah’!! Sharjah is the third largest emirate in the UAE, its largest city and its most family-friendly destination. On arrival at Sharjah International Airport our representative will meet you and transfer you to your Hotel in Sharjah. Check-In & Relax in your hotel or you can explore this beautiful emirate on your own.
After enjoying sumptuous breakfast at your hotel we proceed for a Half Day Sharjah City Tour. On this tour you have the opportunity to visit the cultural & historic highlights. The most famous landmark to see during the tour is King Faisal Mosque, also one of the largest mosques in the Emirates. Next we will see some of the interesting places such as Quran Roundabout, Al Noor Mosque, Al Qasba, Flag Island & many more places of importance. Later we proceeded to the Sharjah Art Foundation Rain Room at Al Majarah. It gives visitor’s opportunity to walk through a downpour of continuous rain without getting wet. The responsive environment follows visitors as they navigate the darkened underground space, preventing the rain from falling directly above any detected human presence. This site-specific installation uses 2,500 litres of self-cleaning recycled water, which is controlled through a system of networked 3D tracking cameras. The work explores how humankind’s relationships to one another and to nature are increasingly mediated through intangible technologies.
After breakfast we visit the Sharjah Classic Car Museum. This museum is dedicated to all vintage car lovers. Whether you are a classic car enthusiast or someone with a passing interest in automobiles; this place will captivate you. The top manufacturers you will see at the museum include Rolls Royce, Ford, Mercedes, Chevrolet, Bentley and more. This blog is a complete guide to Sharjah Classic Car Museum, so you can plan your visit and make the most of your time. Later in the afternoon we Visit Desert Safari with Dune Bashing & Dinner. Step into the Arabian Desert for an unforgettable evening of desert fun complete with cultural activities and dinner. Start off the evening with a dune bashing session, sandboarding, and a camel ride. Then head to a Bedouin-style desert camp where you can get a henna tattoo and smoke shisha before tucking into a buffet dinner.
Today you have free time in the morning at Leisure. In the afternoon we proceed to Al Noor Island to Visit Butterfly House which is home to more than 500 types of butterflies belonging to 20 different exotic species, the Butterfly House in Al Noor Island is the biggest attraction. This dreamy space is located inside an ergonomically designed, nature-inspired structure that retains humidity and allows natural light to enter the butterfly haven. Covered with plants, the butterfly house provides the perfect sanctuary and camouflage to make the butterflies feel at home. Some of the most precious winged beauties at the Butterfly House include the pink rose, emerald swallowtail and the tailed jay.
After breakfast, depending on your flight times we will transfer you to Sharjah International Airport. We hope you had a wonderful time in this emirate!!