Unveiling the soul of Sharjah
Sharjah is an emirate, part of the United Arab Emirates on the Arabian Gulf, considered as the rich cultural capital of the Middle East. Traditionally more family oriented than its southern neighbour Dubai, which is known for its tall skyscrapers, nightlife and shop-till-you-drop malls. Sharjah takes a more subtle approach concentrating on culture and history being widely considered the nation’s cultural capital.
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Sharjah is home to some of the best museums and art galleries in the country such as the restored Sharjah Heritage Area and the riveting vast history of the Mleiha Archaeological Site. Not to mention the adrenaline-fueled adventures at the heart of its deserts and rich wildlife. This emirate is doing more than anywhere else in the UAE, to preserve its heritage which explains why UNESCO declared it the Cultural Capital of the Arab World in 1998 with recognition reaffirmed in 2014.
Alongside its immense heritage, Sharjah highlights its artistic and cultural values with its Al Noor Island, a tranquil destination fashioned by art and nature. The island brings nature, art and architecture together in one fascinating composition inspired by Austrian artist Andre Heller. Walk down the canal side complex filled with cafés and experience Al Qasba as the premier family-friendly destination that engulfs your senses with art and culture and encourages complete relaxation. Savour exciting live performances, exceptional art centres and a wide variety of delectable dining choices that await you.
The beaches of Sharjah are amid the most popular places to visit in the UAE, with some opportunities for kayaking, scuba diving, parasailing, surfing, or cruising on a wakeboard. For nature lovers, beaches near Khorfakkan and the Kalba nature reserve are among the most preferred Sharjah tourist places, while food connoisseurs in the city frequent the several city hotels and restaurants for delicious meals with a view.