What to do in Sharjah
Looking to discover what to do in Sharjah? From culural attractions to family hot spots, check out the top travel experiences to enjoy in the city.
Looking to discover what to do in Sharjah? As the third largest and third most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, there are plenty of unique travel experiences to enjoy in this spectacular city.Sharjah is widely considered the cultural capital of the Arab world, with endless souks, museums and art hubs to explore. Aside from this, there are plenty of attractions to entertain the family, including aquariums, amusement parks, and beach complexes. With Sharjah accommodating people with all kinds of tastes and preferences, it is no wonder it is becoming an increasingly popular travel destination.If you’re looking for somewhere to stay during your city break, Occidental Sharjah Grand lies in a privileged location on the beachfront, with direct access to a tranquil private beach. You will instantly be impressed by the long list of amenities that await you, including swimming pools, a wellness area, fitness centre, plus the best choice of cuisine with live music come evening.Check out some of the top places to visit in Sharjah for an unforgettable experience…
Al Noor Mosque is without a doubt one of the top places to visit in Sharjah and is the only mosque in the city open to non-Muslims. It is located at the Khalid lagoon at the Buhaira Cornich and soars majestically over the city’s skyline with its spectacular domes and minarets. Those wanting to learn a little about Islamic beliefs can take an informative tour around the mosque, which takes place every Monday at 10am. The tour includes a discussion about Islamic and Emirati history, culture and traditions, and you can also witness the spectacular interiors and beautifully carved patterns that make this mosque an architectural gem.
Al Qasba is one of Sharjah’s landmark destinations in the heart of the city packed with cafes, restaurants and shops. The canal-side complex lies on the northern bank and is a favourite for tourists and residents alike. You can’t miss its star attraction – the 60-metre high Eye of the Emirates Ferris wheel, which offers mesmerising views over the city. Families will love the musical fountain, kids’ fun zone, indoor play area and water karts, whilst art fanatics can explore the exhibitions at the Maraya Art Centre. Those who are keen for a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the lagoons can enjoy a relaxing boat ride under the stars and soak up Sharjah’s lights and illuminated buildings. With panoramic views of the city’s walkways, bridges and skyscrapers, this Sharjah tour isn’t one to be missed.
Sitting on the northern shores of Khalid lagoon lies Al Noor Island – a beautiful spot of paradise surrounded by blue waters, lush greenery and a stunning view of high rise towers. Once you approach the island, you will cross a pedestrian bridge towards the island where your eyes will immediately be captivated by the Butterfly House, where over 500 exotic butterflies are housed. You can also find beautiful artistic sculptures, green mazes, a literature pavilion, children’s play area plus a café. This hot spot is different to any other destination in the emirate and the perfect escape from the city bustle.
Sharjah's Central Market, more commonly known as the Blue Souk, is one of the most famous and impressive landmarks in Sharjah located on the shores of the Khalid lagoon. The Blue Souk is every shopper’s paradise, with over 600 shops inside devoted to gold and jewellery, perfume, clothing, food, electronics, souvenirs and antiques. The huge mall is spread across six buildings and one of the most photographed destinations in the city for its sheer beauty and exterior. The area is also home to plenty of cafes if you’re looking for a bit of downtime after your shopping spree.
If you’re looking for another one of the top places to visit in Sharjah, then Al Mamzar Beach Park is a must. Enjoy a rejuvenating break from sightseeing and simply put your feet up and relax at the city’s hidden gem, where five beaches, three pools, picnic areas and towering palm trees await you. There is plenty to enjoy at the park, including water sports for the adrenaline seekers, bicycle rentals, barbecues and snack bars. Sun loungers and umbrellas are also available for rent, as well as air-conditioned cabanas if you’re seeking some luxury.
Explore the fascinating underwater world of the deep blue sea at Sharjah Aquarium, where incredible creatures await you. Spread over two floors with over 20 separate tanks and over 150 different species, you can enjoy a close-up look at the local fishes, seahorses, eels and sharks, as well as learn about Sharjah’s historic coasts and ports. There are also different local aquatic environments to discover, from coral reefs and rock pools to lagoons and mangroves.
Al Montazah’s amusement and water park is the place to be in Sharjah if you’re looking to enjoy some quality fun in the sun. The park features wet and wild waterslides, winding lazy rivers, twisting tube rides plus a wave pool that can accommodate over 200 visitors. There are pools to suit all ages, as well as a splash zone for the little ones. Alongside the water park lies the bustling amusement park, with bumper cars, go-karts, a mini train, picnic spots, restaurants and cafes offering endless entertainment.
Discover a world of artistic wonder and creativity at the Sharjah Arts Museum, where you can find a spectacular array of permanent collections and temporary exhibits. There are 72 large and spacious galleries spread over three floors, with a focus on works by artists who painted the Arab world. Art lovers can also participate in the museum’s regular programmes and workshops.