Bordered on the West by the Arabian Gulf and on the East by the Sea of Oman, the Emirate of Sharjah has always avowed its unique character through a subtle alliance between economic development and conservation of its culture. Beyond its spectacular urban setting, Sharjah showcases magnificent facets of Arabic lifestyle and art through museums, traditional souqs, heritage sites, and mosques. The Emirate’s commitment to heritage and culture was instrumental in earning it the UNESCO title of the Cultural Capital of the Arab world.
Scroll down to know about some of the unique places to visit in Sharjah.
Sharjah Mosque, the largest in the Emirate, is an abiding symbol of faith. The grand building occupies 185,806 square metres with a capacity to accommodate over 25,000 worshippers. The structure, surrounded by gardens and water fountains, the domes, minarets and columns, is worth visiting for catching a glimpse of its grandeur alone. The designs reflect a unique Islamic architectural style.
Sharjah Heritage Museum
Sharjah Heritage Museum showcases different aspects of Emirati culture. Set in an 18th-century house, the museum has six galleries covering the landscape, lifestyle, celebrations, livelihoods, traditional knowledge and oral traditions of the emirate. Sharjah Heritage Museum is situated in the Heart of Sharjah heritage district.
Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation
Opened in 2008, the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation is an important cultural and touristic landmark. It displays over 5000 artefacts including calligraphy, carvings, coins, glasses and beautiful Islamic architecture. The collection is exhibited according to their time periods in six distinct galleries.
If you think, Sharjah Aquarium is a normal one like any other…read on. The Sharjah Aquarium offers wide and astonishing varieties of aquatic species and their beautiful habitats. The huge tanks include a colourful variety of fishes and other aquatic life. Children will specifically enjoy this amazing aquarium.
Wadi Al Helo
Wadi Al Helo or “sweet valley” is one of the most pristine nature reserves in the Middle East. Nestled between the Hajar mountains, wadi is home to an important archaeological site and a restored Islamic watchtower. It is a protected area for endangered birds, reptiles, rodents and freshwater fish. The natural landscape here provides a number of options for scenic hiking trails in the UAE.
Sharjah Safari, inaugurated in 2022, is the new spot for all adventure lovers. Sharjah Safari offers a unique opportunity for tourists to observe the endemic wildlife in Africa. Set in a picturesque place, Sharjah Safari takes you closer to 120 species of animals, native to Africa, roaming around in a terrain similar to their native environment. The place also hosts 50,000 animals, ranging from birds, and reptiles to mammals.
Al Noor Island
Al Noor Island is an island oasis known for its butterfly collection, light and sound spectacles and contemporary art installations. One of the several art installations is the world-famous OVO structure. During the nighttime, light and sound installations turn the island into a magnificent spectacle. Its beautifully landscaped gardens and large children’s playground make Al Noor Island an ideal place to visit with the family.
Sharjah’s iconic Al Montazah is one of the top family tourist destinations in the Emirate. It combines a water park and an amusement park, offering a fantastic family day out. Being strategically located in the centre of Sharjah, Al Montazah is easy to access. It offers thrilling water rides and lavish leisure amenities among many other things.
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