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Travel Guide to Visiting Sharjah | UAE (2023)

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Sharjah is the best-kept secret of the United Arab Emirates, located right next door to Dubai.

I recently spent four days exploring this enchanting Emirate and I was captivated by how much there is to do.

Whether you’re looking for a breathtaking adventure in the desert or would rather delve into Sharjah’s history, art and rich culture, there really is something for everyone.

In this guide, I will be giving you an insight into my personal travel tips and highlighting some of the best things to do which make Sharjah such a special destination.

Top 6 Things To Do In Sharjah

1. Explore the Historic Heart of Sharjah

Discover the secrets of Sharjah's past as you explore the biggest historical preservation and restoration project in the region! Walk in the footsteps of the old pearl traders as you visit majestic traditional houses, museums and modern souks.

The project aims to revitalize the area by bringing back Sharjah's historic culture through traditional Arabic architecture, restaurants and markets. In just a few years, the Heart of Sharjah could become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don't forget to stop by the Arabian Teahouse to taste some delicious Emirati food.

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The Chedi Al Bait Hotel, Sharjah

2. Stay at the Breathtaking 5-star Mysk Al Badayer Retreat

Set amongst the sweeping dunes of the Sharjah desert, It’s the ultimate in dessert luxury! We stayed in one of the lavish tents, with their own private pool and stunning desert views! This is, without a doubt, one of the most amazing hotels I have ever stayed at!

3. Sharjah Light Festival

Every February, the city of Sharjah is illuminated with vibrant lights, art, and music, creating a spectacular celebration. Iconic landmarks are bathed in technicolour light shows whilst delicious street food markets offer a variety of treats. This is one of the best times to visit Sharjah as the city comes alive with culture and festivities! Check out the SLF website for the latest festival dates and times.

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Sharjah Grand Mosque Bathed In a Spectacular Light Show

4. Visit The Sharjah Safari

Located in the Al Bridi nature reserve and spanning over 8 square kilometres, the Sharjah Safari brings a taste of Africa to the UAE. While driving around in an open jeep (just like you do on an African safari), I was amazed at the sheer number of animals living there. From lions to giraffes and even free-roaming wildebeest, there are over 120 species of African animals!

5. The Rain Room

This place will blow your mind! The Sharjah Rain Room is an interactive art installation where you can walk through a continuous downpour of rain WITHOUT getting wet !!. The sensors detect human movement and create a “dry bubble” around you, but you have to walk slowly and not get tempted (like me) to run through!

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Rain Room, Sharjah

6. Go on a Desert Adventure in Mleiha

Enjoy the adrenaline rush of dune bashing in a 4x4, watch the sunset at Camel Rock, experience a traditional Bedouin feast in the desert and finish your journey with a night of glamping at the base of Al Faya Mountain. Find out more at Discover Mleiha

Spending time in the desert was my favourite part of the trip, so If like me, you’re a fan of outdoor adventures, don’t miss the opportunity to explore Sharjah’s natural beauty.

Sharjah Travel Tips

Best Time to Visit Sharjah

Most people say winter, from November to March, is the best time to visit.

However, the local Emiratis I talked to suggested October to April, with early October being warmer. The weather's usually pleasant, with no rain and as it’s the start of the peak season there are many major events that begin (end Oct/Nov) such as the Sharjah Book Fair.

Where Is Sharjah

Sharjah is the 3rd largest emirate in the UAE and sits right next door to Dubai. It’s only a 25- 40mins drive away (depending on traffic) so it’s the perfect location even just for a day trip.

Can Tourists Drink Alcohol in Sharjah?

Sharjah has a strict no-alcohol rule so It’s essential to know that it’s illegal to consume or sell alcohol anywhere in Sharjah, including private homes and hotels.

What To Wear:

When it comes to dressing for Sharjah, it's important to dress modestly in order to respect the local culture.

Women: When out in public, Women should cover up their shoulders, cleavage, midriff and legs (no higher than the knee). I found long dresses/skirts or jeans and t-shirts worked well and it’s a good idea to bring a scarf/wrap with you in case you need it or get cold in the air con. As for swimwear, it’s absolutely fine to wear at the beach or hotel pool.

Men: Men should also wear clothing that is not too tight or revealing and if visiting religious sites, just be sure to wear long trousers.

Warm Clothes: Don't forget to pack some layers as it can get cold in the evenings, especially in the desert. A fleece or gilet should do the trick! I was there in February and definitely underestimated how cold it would get in the evening!


Thank you to Visit Sharjah for welcoming me to your incredible city and for my first taste of the UAE.

(My trip was sponsored by Visit Sharjah, however, all thoughts & opinions are my own)

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