Best explored after sundown, the Al Majaz waterfront area draws visitors to its multiple restaurants and cafés which offer front-row seats to the colorful fountain shows that happen several times a night. During the daylight hours, visitors are free to enjoy the public park, recreation areas, mini-golf course and well-equipped children's playgrounds.
With over five thousand exhibits, the Museum of Islamic Civilization offers visitors an extensive overview of Islamic historical and cultural artifacts, while also providing educating insights into the scientific discoveries and achievements of Arabic scholars over the ages.
An amazing experience for the whole family, the Sharjah Aquarium ranks among the finest in the UAE, arguably outshining its Dubai competitors. The aquarium contains a variety of marine animals and creatures (including giant stingrays and sharks dashing through the water close enough to touch) separated from viewers by transparent walls only.
The elegant white-stone Al Noor Mosque defines the Corniche, and is, perhaps, Sharjah's most famous (of Sharjah's more than 600). It is a place of religious worship and a sight not to miss both inside and out - the mosque is currently the only one open to tourists, offering guided tours to the general public every Monday.
The Al-Qasba neighborhood packs a punch with its many inviting restaurants and cafés, along with a few entertainment venues (such as the Maraya Art Centre - a gallery containing modern art). Water taxis offer trips around the lagoon, and the legendary Eye of the Emirates wheel ride makes for a fascinating journey into the skies above Sharjah.
The Sharjah Classic Car Museum is a must-see for old-timer car lovers. With its impressive collection of over 100 cars manufactured in the early years of the 20th century, the museum attracts enthusiasts from all over the globe, and is of interest to visitors of all ages.
The Arabian Wildlife Center houses several venues, such as a Children's farm (where little ones can feed and ride horses and donkeys), a Botanical garden and the Wildlife Center itself. Multiple species of animals are on display, from carnivorous leopards to birds and harmless small rodents.
Sharjah's newest attraction, the artificial Noor Island was opened to the public in 2015. It contains a Butterfly House with over 500 butterflies roaming free under the hall's ornate roof, and a Literature Pavillion, with plenty of quiet reading spots. There is a long walkway running through the island that takes visitors through it's key pavilions, scenic areas and multi-media installations.
Despite its compact size, the Sharjah Heritage Museum offers visitors a comprehensive insight into the Emirate's history, culture and traditions - and how those transformed over the past ages. Clothing, musical instruments, coins, pottery and various other artifacts are on display.
El Manza is a Moroccan restaurant located on the Al Majaz Waterfront - one of Sharjah's favorite recreation areas. Apart from the traditional Moroccan-style "couscous" and "tagines", the establishment boasts a few specials, such as the "Tanjia Marrakeshia" - lamb cooked with spices and served in a clay pot.
Zahr el Laymoun, another local favorite on the Al Majaz Waterfront, creates a fusion of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors with a special emphasis on Lebanese food. The menu is extensive, and includes hot (grilled kebbeh, sausages, meats) and cold (salads, hummus, eggplant and more) dishes.
The restaurant specializes on seafood, and offer diners the option of taking their very own pick from the display of the day's catch. You are free to select the way your fish is cooked, too. Complementary snacks (such as a plate of olives, for example) are served pre-meal.
The Blue Souq (also known as Central Souq or Souq Al Markazi) is Sharjah's biggest and busiest, with a variety of shops and stalls selling all sorts of handicrafts, clothing, carpets, jewelry and souvenirs. For those not shy to haggle, the souq is a great place to go for bargains - original prices may often be brought down significantly with the right level of persistence.
A mall frequented by young and old, Sahara Center entices with its "Adventure land" theme park designed to entertain children while parents enjoy the vast variety of shops and stores. There is a cinema, large supermarket and food court with a solid selection of eateries inside.
Joyalukkas Centre is one of the places to shop for gold and jewelry in Sharjah. It is a reputable chain with international presence, which means that prices are fixed (the Gold Souq might be a better choice for haggling opportunities) and the quality of products on sale guaranteed.
Sharjah International Airport is often the point of entry into the UAE for visitors from the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. The airport serves other worldwide destinations, but the majority of tourists usually land in the nearby Emriate of Dubai, making their way to Sharjah from there. The airport is well-connected to both Sharjahitself and Dubai. A shuttle bus that runs every half hour connects the airport to central Sharjah (Rolla). To get to Dubai, travelers can use the public bus number 111, which runs every hour and stops at Al Qusais Bus station, its final destination being Rashidiya Metro Station in Dubai. Taxi services available to both destinations.
Most visitors to Sharjah will probably be entering through the Dubai International Airport if arriving by air. The airport is located in the neighboring Emirate of Dubai, but getting there from Sharjah is possible with public transport. First, travelers may use the inter-Emirate bus line that departs from Al Jabal bus station (next to the Sharjah Fish market and the Sharjah Fruit and Vegetable market, near the Blue Souq). The bus may leave you at Union Square Bus Station, Deira City Centre or Al Gubaiba. The trip lasts about one hour when traffic is low, but may take up to 3 hours during rush hour, so planning ahead is advised. Once in Dubai, travelers can choose between bus and metro to get to the airport. Buses 4, 11, 15, 33, 44 go to Terminal 1, while bus line 2 goes to Terminal 2. Buses stop at multiple locations around Dubai. The Dubai Municipality Pubic buses 401 and 402 also run to the airport. Bus Shuttle buses link the airport to the Ibn Batutta metro station. Public transportation tickets must be bought in advance prior to boarding. Taxi services are widely available both at the airport and from the city.
Sharjah boasts a relatively new public bus system, with bus lines connecting most of the city's key locations to one another. Bright-orange buses stop at designated bus stops (wave to the driver to make sure he does make a stop). Tickets may be bought directly from the driver, but an electronic pre-paid "Sayer Card" is now available to purchase at bus stations around the city. Consult the website for details on specific routes and timetables.
There are a few post offices around town. Most are closed on Fridays and public holidays, and may have shorter working hours during Ramadan. Mail in the UAE is usually not delivered to the physical address but to a P.O. box, which have to be paid rent for (a service not normally available to tourists). Mail can be sent to worldwide destination via Emirates Post (red post poxes). Sharjah Central Post Office