Updated on 06.06.2018

Sharjah is a city of arts and culture, with many museums and temporary exhibitions of quality.

The central souk of Sharjah, commonly called the Blue Souk (and also Souk Al Markasi) is an authentic Arab souk: it is a must-go shopping step of the city that we advise you to visit in the evening.

The heritage area of Sharjah is a pleasant place to wander around and apprehend the local architecture, especially the stone wind tower.

Al Qasbaa is the place to go out in Sharjah, with restaurants on either side of a canal with boats reminiscent of Venice - the main attraction is the big wheel The Eye of the Emirates.

The Sharjah hotel offer is not as abundant as in Dubai, and of rather average quality - this guide to the best hotels in Sharjah introduces you the Top 10 hotels in the city, which will allow you to sort quickly and make your reservation in a correct property with good value for money.

Visit Sharjah is the opportunity to discover the Blue Souk and some museums.

Administrative boundaries of the emirate of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates ©OpenStreetMap contributors

The emirate of Sharjah is a touristic place worth visiting. The city of Sharjah which is the continuity of the megalopolis Dubai, so it is considered to be its suburbs because many workers live there to escape the real estate madness. For expatriates, especially Westerners, Sharjah is an austere city, too quickly summed up in a conservative territory where the consumption of alcohol is prohibited even in international hotels. Today Sharjah is a city open to the world, arts and culture. In 2014, it was elected capital of Islamic culture. Unlike neighboring emirates, which are betting on gigantic tourist attractions focused on shopping and entertainment, Sharjah offers an artistic and cultural alternative with many museums and cultural exhibits dedicated to arts, history and discovery.

Visiting Sharjah is easy from Dubai. This part of the site will inform you about the main tourist sites to visit, and will propose you the museums and attractions adapted to your tastes with many practical information to organize your visits and your stay. It should be noted that the territory of Khor Fakkan belonging to Sharjah is treated in the section devoted to the emirate of Fujairah in order to ensure geographical coherence to the different sections.

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