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Sharjah

Sharjah
Sharjah stands out in contrast to the over-the-top glitz of its neighbour Dubai, with its blend of high culture and a laid-back atmosphere. The city of Sharjah earned the title of "Arab Capital of Culture" from UNESCO in 1998, and since then has added increasingly modern attractions to its Sharjah tourist information guides.
Sharjah

Sharjah Tourist Information

Sharjah is the only emirate with coastline along both the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, and its Corniche provides stunning views across the azure waters. Set sail at sunset for a peaceful view of the city skyline, admiring the refined architecture of this emirate.  From fast food to fine dining, there's a range of restaurants in Sharjah to suit every taste and budget. Many are situated along the Corniche and in the Heritage Area. You can also sample the catch of the day at the Fish Market on Corniche Road, opposite the Blue Souk.

Sharjah

Best things to do in Sharjah

There are many cultural things to do in Sharjah, and an abundance of museums to enjoy. Many of these are located in its "Heritage" and "Art" Areas, located near Burj Avenue. Gain a greater understanding of Islamic history and culture at the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation, located in a picturesque souk on the waterfront. You can then gaze at the contemporary art at the Sharjah Art Museum, before visiting the Sharjah Heritage Museum to learn about the emirate's history and lifestyle. You can indulge your whims and your wallet at the Souk Al Arsah, which dates back 50 years. If you want to get out of the bustling city for more natural things to see in Sharjah, the Desert Park makes an ideal day trip. It's home to the Arabian Wildlife Centre, where you will find slithering snakes and mischievous monkeys. Those in search of more highbrow culture can visit the Sharjah Calligraphy Museum, with its displays of intricate expression and the materials used to achieve these elegant penmanship patterns. Finally, pick up a few trinkets in the chaotic hustle and bustle of the Blue Souk, which hosts over 600 shops well-stocked with gold and exotic curios. 

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Sharjah Transport

Sharjah is well-served by both Sharjah International Airport and Dubai International Airport. There's a shuttle bus running every 30 minutes connecting Sharjah's airport with the city centre, and travellers entering Dubai can use inter-Emirate bus services or taxi services. Within the city, convenient public buses are operated by Sharjah Transport, with both local and express routes to choose from. A commuter bus links Dubai and Sharjah, although this can get quite busy on a workday. Licensed taxi companies include Emirates, Citi, Union, Sharjah, and Advantage.