This museum is a recent addition being opened only in 1997. There is personal collection of the present ruler of Sharjah that include valuable paintings, historic documents, and maps. The museum is open on weekdays except Monday from 0900 to 1300 and 1700 to 2000 hours.
Other museums in Sharjah include Sharjah Archaeological Museum, Sharjah Heritage Museum, and Sharjah Science Museum and Planetarium.
Apart from museums Sharjah is known as its Souks and mainly Blue Souk that is called so because of its distinct blue vaulted roof. Souk Al Arsah is the oldest souk in Sharjah and was the heart of trade for many centuries in the past. Other important souks are Old bazaar or Iranian Bazaar and Al Majarrah Souk.
Other attractions in Sharjah include Hisn al Sharjah or Sharjah Fort, Majilis Ibrahim Bin Mohammed Al Midfaa, Sharjah University City, and magnificent buildings of Sharjah.
Sharjah Natural History Museum and Desert Park is situated outside Sharjah at a distance of around 28 km from the city centre. This is the sleekest natural museum in entire United Arab Emirates and provides visitors with a chance to learn about the flora and fauna of the Arabian Desert by the way of fun and entertainment.
Khor Kalba is an important nature reserve with mangroves and Kalba specie of the white collared Kingfisher. The reserve is situated south of Fujairah.
Sharjah like other Emirates in United Arab Emirates is a good place for shopping in carpets, perfumes, cosmetic, textile, and jewellery. The city has got some of the best souks in UAE and shopping from these places should be a new experience for you. Major places for shopping in Sharjah include AL Wahda Street, The Blue Souk or Central Market, Souk Al Arsah, Iranian Bazaar, and Al Majarrah Souk.
Where to Stay
Accommodation is not a problem in Sharjah with quality hotels and furnished apartments all around. It is difficult to get a cheap accommodation option in Sharjah as in other places of United Arab Emirates.
Where to Eat
Arabic cuisine should be your first preference in Sharjah though you can get the food of many other nationalities here. The local food is spicy with fresh salads, grilled fish and meat, followed by a desert. Restaurants are dotted throughout the city, but Al Wahda Street, Jamal Abdul Naseer Street, Al Qassimia Street, Rolla Square, and Corniche Road are some of the places where you can find some good ones.
Air Travel Resources
Sharjah International Airport is situated at a distance of around 6 km from the city centre with regular flights to many important destinations in Europe, Asia, Middle East, and North America. Taxis are available at the airport terminal for transfer to the city centre. From Dubai Airport, it takes around 30 minutes to reach Sharjah city centre.
Land and water
There are taxis and shuttle buses to chose from in Sharjah and no public transport is available. Taxis are unmetred and you should bargain the fare before getting into the taxi. Most of the hotels offer shuttle services to their guests from Sharjah to Dubai that depart several times a day.