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The blue souk, the central souk Al Markasi of Sharjah

Updated on 06.06.2018

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. As the sun goes down, stroll down the docks near the fish souk and watch the fishermen fuss around their traditional wooden boats.

Esplanade in front of one of the entrances of the central souk of Sharjah, says the blue souk, in the United Arab Emirates ©Odyfolio

The Blue Souk

The Central Souk of Sharjah is made of two almost identical buildings and all in length, connected by a footbridge. On two levels, a large number of shops selling jewelery, carpets, textiles or antiques. Unlike the luxury souks of Dubai, the shops are more authentic and there is a greater variety of traditional goods from the region.

Goods in a shop of the central souk of Sharjah ©Odyfolio

Night View of Sharjah Blue Souk, UAE ©Odyfolio

Dhow Harbor and Fish Souk

Walking along the coast and passing under the bridge, you will reach the other side of the road to discover the port of the dhows that feed the fish souk. It is a beautiful, authentic walk, especially at sunset.

Sunset over the Sharjah Bridge, UAE ©Odyfolio

Fishing boats moored near the Sharjah Fish Market, United Arab Emirates ©Odyfolio

Plan of access to the blue souk

Coming from the south, once beyond the suburbs of Dubai without charm, you will arrive in sight of Khor Khalid with its giant fountain and Jazeira Park where it is good to walk along the water. Sharjah Bridge (bridge of Sharjah) straddles this small arm of sea and lands on a gigantic roundabout with the infernal motor traffic, where are the blue souk and the fish market.

Map of Sharjah with location of the Central Souk (the blue souk) ©OpenStreetMap contributors

Detailed map with location of Sharjah Central Souk ©OpenStreetMap contributors