Sharjah has a lot to offer to tourists and has a number of famous attractions including museums, traditional Souks, modern shopping malls and family entertainment to keep visitors of all ages busy. A vacation to Sharjah is sure to become an unforgettable experience!
Al Qasba is the most important tourist attraction in the city. It has a lot of recreational facilities that make it an unparalleled entertainment spot. The Al Qasba Development Authority offers high-class and modern entertainment, cultural and leisure attractions, which are based on Arab values and traditions.
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Al Hisn is a two-storey fort situated in the Al Shukh district of old Sharjah. Constructed in 1820, the fort has now been converted into a museum to showcase a world of local history and charm. Exhibits include old coins and weighing scales, jewellery, arms and ammunition, a window to the pearl trade and plenty of amazing photographs and maps.
The Sharjah Art Museum
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Opened in 1997, the Sharjah Art Museum is the largest art museum in the Gulf with a provision for both temporary and permanent exhibitions. Spread over three stories, the museum showcases collections of Oriental painters, modern artists and works of artists from the Arab world. Several solo and group exhibitions and related activities are also organized at the venue.
The Blue Souq is the largest of Sharjah's souks. It was named so because of its uncommon blue vaulted roof. Located in the Khalid Lagoon region, the Blue Souq has two sections and about 600 shops. The first section on the ground floor houses shops that sell gold and precious stone studded jewellery, including antique Yemeni and Omani ornaments. The other section, on the upper floor has shops trading in electronic appliances, gifts items, garments, cosmetics, perfumes and so on.
Dubai is one of the few cities in the world that has undergone such a rapid transformation - from a humble beginning as a pearl-diving centre - to one of the fastest growing cities on earth. Dubai today is a tourism, trade and logistics hub and has earned itself the reputation of being the ‘gateway between the east and the west.’ It is also considered as the dynamic nucleus of the Arabian Gulf region.
Home to just over 2 million people from more than 200 nationalities, Dubai is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Dubai is without a doubt a destination of the 21st century. Read any article about the fastest growing city in the region and it’s almost guaranteed you’ll see the words ‘ambitious’, ‘record-breaking’ and ‘staggering’. Dubai is without a doubt a destination of the 21st century.
Dubai offers numerous tourist attractions for each taste. During your stay in the UAE you should not miss the Dubai Fountain, Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Gold Souk and the Creek Tour.
Shopping in Dubai revolves around its malls - large and small - and a definite mall culture exists here. Malls are places to meet, eat and mingle. Many of these air-conditioned malls provide entertainment and people of all ages can spend hours in them. From the smaller community malls dotted around the city, to the ultra-modern mega malls that have changed the skyline, shopping opportunities abound and with most shops open until 22:00 every night, there’s enough time to browse. The popularity of the malls is evident by the crowds that they pull, particularly at the weekends.