The beauty of Sharjah is that it’s a family-friendly holiday destination that holds mesmerizing attractions for kids, youth, grown-ups, and also the elderly. Besides, the city has something great to offer for people with diverse interests. So, whether you are an art aficionado, shopaholic, luxury seeker, adventure enthusiast or culture lover, Sharjah, the cultural capital of United Arab Emirates (UAE) promises a fulfilling holiday experience you will fall in love with.
Here we have listed an eclectic mix of top 5 places to visit in Sharjah.
1. Sharjah Art Museum
Sharjah Art Museum is one of its kind art museum with 72 galleries spread over three stories that opened to the public in 1997. Two floors of the aesthetically designed building are dedicated to showcasing rotating temporary art exhibits of international caliber and an entire floor for displaying a permanent collection of paintings and sculptors by renowned Arab artists such as Kadhim Hayder, Zeinab Abd El Hamid, Rafic Charuf, and Marwan among others. Sharjah Art Museum is a treat for art lovers and hence attracts visitors from all over the world.
2. Sharjah Science Museum
Sharjah Science Museum is definitely a must visit if you are visiting Sharjah with your kids. However, the place is equally enchanting for grown-ups. The museum offers an engaging atmosphere to motivate visitors towards innovation. You can learn about scientific concepts through hands-on experiments, interactive presentations, and more than 50 interactive exhibits. The Museum also has a fascinating planetarium and organizes fun-filled activities to keep the inquisitive visitors engaged.
3. Sharjah’s Central Market
Sharjah Central Market, popularly known as the Blue Souk, because of the beautiful blue tiles that adorn it, is one of the Sharjah’s most photographed architectural marvels. Here you will be stunned with the amazing variety of things on display, from crafts and curios and gold and diamonds to Persian carpets to watches and clothing, you’ll find everything in the 600 shops here. Shopping for yourself or your loved ones will be a thoroughly enjoyable experience here.
4. Souq Al Arsah
If you want a more earthy experience and relive the old Sharjah, visit the Souq Al Arsah. It is the oldest market place in the whole of UAE. The quaint stores with enchanting coral brick walls line the air-conditioned alleyways making your trip comfortable yet enjoyable. Here the stores sell local, modern, and antique stuff such as wooden articles, Arabic chests, ethnic jewelry, perfumes, hand-woven garments, carpets, shawls etc. The Halwa shop selling delectable sweets and Arabic coffee shops are always inviting shoppers with their irresistible aroma and lip-smacking eatables.
5. Al Mamzar Beach Park
Nature lovers looking for a relaxed day would love to spend time in the Al Mamzar Beach Park. Swaying palms, sandy shores, and the sight of the Arabian Gulf make this an enchanting destination. To keep your day joyfully busy you can go skating, cycling, or play all sorts of sports in the multiple playgrounds. If you want some more action and adventure engage in sailing, kayaking, and jet skiing. To complete your day with some culinary delight, there are facilities for barbequing besides there are several snack bars on the beachfront to offer you ultimate dining experience.
Sharjah has no dearth of attractive places. Keep ample time to visit this city so you can soak yourself completely in its beauty and quaintness.