Get ready to immerse yourself into the incredible culture and history of the United Arab Emirates with a visit to the city of Sharjah, the capital of the Emirate of Sharjah, one of seven in the country. Despite not having the glittering appeal of Dubai, this coastal city is rich in its own way, with its high status regarding the Arab culture. In 1998, UNESCO declared Sharjah the Cultural Capital of the Arab World. This recognition was reaffirmed in 2014, when this destination became the Capital of Islamic Culture.
Get past the bustling outskirts of the town to discover its historic centre. Set aside a few hours to explore the heritage and arts areas, as well as the souqs. Some major historic sites include Al Hisn Sharjah, Sharjah Heritage Museum, Al Mahattah Fort and Rolla Square.
For those who love watching animals, enjoying nature and admiring gorgeous scenery, there is the Sharjah National Park, the Sharjah Aquarium and Al Noor Island (which includes a butterfly house, home to approximately 500 different butterfly species!).
A further exploration of Sharjah will reveal more of this destination’s identity as a shopaholic’s paradise! You will find a wonderful selection of shopping malls and markets, such as Sharjah City Centre, Sahara Centre, Al Shaab Village and Central Market. Each of these shopping venues offer you a range of products, including clothing, cosmetics, electronics and traditional Arabic products. Many of these locations include food courts filled with a variety of enticing restaurants and cafés. Some additionally offer visitors entertainment in the form of games and activities, as well as cinemas.
A holiday in Sharjah will ensure you have a satisfying holiday experience in the United Arab Emirates!
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