In Arabic, Sharjah means rising sun. With a fascinating history dating back over 5,000 years, Sharjah was the most important sea port on the lower coastline of the Gulf, for many years. Its seafaring and trading roots are still in evidence today at its many busy boatyards and markets.
After Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Sharjah is the third largest emirate of the UAE, and the most conservative of all seven. It is also the only emirate to have a coastline in both east and west coasts of the country. This generous expanse of land includes deserts, long sandy beaches, and many significant archaeological sites.
Sharjah is the Capital of the Arabic and Islamic culture. It has a lot of tourist components that make it a direction for those who seek a perfect tourist destination. Sharjah is the third largest emirate in terms of area. It is the only emirate that is distinguished by its amazing beaches along its both sides; the Arabian gulf coast and the Gulf of Oman; which gives visitors a unique holiday and an opportunity to learn about the Arabic hospitality and heritage. This emirate has an excellent reputation on the cultural and heritage level. it is an ideal suitable tourist destination for visitors throughout the year; there are modern hotels, fantastic facilities and various activities such as visiting the museums, shopping centers, desert safaris trips and diving.
Sharjah is a vital, entertaining and commercial destination that still retains its unique traditions. It combines between the nobility of the past and the originality of the present through refined blending of the old and the new culture in a unique contemporary style. It is rich with many historical monuments that are considered as a witness on the ages which this ancient city had passed through, which tempt you to visit and enjoy its magnificence airspace.
The Emirate of Sharjah includes cultural and heritage monuments that draw the true picture of the modern city committed to its traditions i.e. the historical and antique Museums are evidences on an era that accompanied the modern Sharjah and made it a beacon to everyone who wants to get more of this historical and cultural momentum. The selection of Sharjah as the Capital of Culture for the Arab world in 1998 by UNESCO was a coronation for the continuous efforts of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, the Supreme Council Member and the Ruler of Sharjah, which has made Sharjah the capital of culture on the Gulf and Arab levels.
Historically, Sharjah was one of the richest cities in the region where a colony on its land was founded for 5000 years. It was the most important port on the Arabic Gulf since the start of trade with the East until the first half of the nineteenth century. Due to its important geographical location as a commercial port that links Asia with Europe and Africa, Sharjah has witnessed successive periods of occupation for a long time, starting from the Portuguese and the Dutch ending with the Britons.
The Eastern Region of the Emirate of Sharjah are considered as one of the important pillars in promoting the factors of tourist attraction of the emirate which was launched in recent years towards finding an international presence on the global tourism map, based on unique tourist components on the region level.
Perhaps, the eastern region, represented in Khorfakkan, Kalba and Dibba cities, has become today a destination for tourists who seek the magnificence of nature and the magic of the place due to the natural environment available to exercise various recreational activities like diving, water sports of all kinds, mountaineering, in addition to, the distinguished tourist and heritage areas that highlight the originality of history and heritage.
There are a lot of various options for accommodation in Sharjah; many of high-class hotels offers scope of views either on the beach or at the prominent landmarks of Sharjah. Most hotels include the finest equipments such as health clubs, sports halls as well as large rooms for parties, meetings and conferences. It is worth mentioning that some of these hotels, also, include luxurious restaurants and cafes to enjoy the finest environment, whether in the open air or inside the hotel.
As an ideal option for families, Sharjah has wide set of various hotel apartments that provide the necessary services for guests. Hotel apartments constitute a less expensive substitute than staying in hotels and can be reserved for short time (daily or weekly) or long time. Hotel apartments provide a good accommodation which is often fully furnished. Also, some of them have sports facilities such as Aerobics, swimming pools and restaurants.
Some of Sharjah main landmarks:
Al Qasba is one of the most attractive recreational destinations with many tourist landmarks in the Emirate of Sharjah. It is a water canal covering an area of 1000 meters and links Khalid and Al Khan lagoons. The two banks of the canal accommodate many fashionable restaurants and caf & eacute;s combing the art of both traditional and modern architecture. Additionally, there are many other recreational outlets such as multiple types of kid & #39; games. There is also the Al Qasba Theatre with a capacity of 300 audiences. The stage hosts diverse musical concerts and plays. Exhibitions and a host of activities are also organized by local cultural and educational bodies in an area measuring 1500 square meters specially allocated for this purpose, where works of artists in the field of painting and folklore art is exhibited.
Eye of the Emirates Wheel
This is one of the main attractions of Al Qasba. First of its kind in the region, the wheel is 60 meter high and contains 42 air conditioned cabins. Passengers can enjoy a glimpse of the most amazing views of Sharjah and Dubai emirates.
Sharjah Aquarium world
A rich colorful, diverse and live underwater world home over 250 different species of local marine creatures including small and big sized clown fish, seahorse, eel, rays and the reef shark. A journey where one explores underwater small and big marine creatures in rock pools, reefs, artificial lakes and mangroves.
Arabian Peninsula Animal center
Arabian Peninsula animal center which was opened in 1999 considered an important educational and scientific landmark as well as a new tourist attraction. Beside cultural and scientific information, the center provides recreation trip, pleasure, comfort, and entertainment. The center is home to Arabian Peninsula contemporary and endangered animals as well as several other species where it provides ideal natural environment. The center, which is an extension to natural desert park, cost over 42 million AED and home for the gulf and Arabian Peninsula animals such as Amphibians, fishes, insects, spiders, scorpions, wild birds, Arabian Oryx, mountain deer, bats and the nocturnal animals such as Indian mongoose and jackal which found in Liwa area together with sneaks and lizards as well as wild animals such as cats, Arabian wolf, cheetah, Arabian leopard, hyenas, and many more.