Sharjah is a world of contrasts and glorious blend of the past and present – from the centuries-old heritage sites to the modern arts attractions, from the charming souks to the glitzy shopping malls.
Within the main city, you can picnic in one of the gorgeous parks, relax on the beach, explore heritage sites and museums, barter in souks and shop in modern malls, or walk along the corniche.
As well as the city of Sharjah, the emirate has a stunning East Coast with long stretches of sandy beach and crystal-clear water; nature trails and mangrove forests in Kalba; the red sand dunes of Fossil Rock; the green oasis growing strawberries, dates, limes, guava and mangoes in Al Dhaid; and scenic camping sites and challenging desert drives through Al Badaya. There are also many sporting activities in Sharjah, ranging from dune bashing to horse riding and from quad biking to shooting.
There is an array of restaurants and cafes, offering everything from waterfront fine dining to alfresco street food, and serving a choice of Middle Eastern delicacies and international cuisine. Sharjah also has a wide variety of hotels to cater to all budgets, from five-star luxury resorts to affordable business hotels.