Things to do in
Sharjah

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Dubai: Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride, and More

1. Dubai: Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride, and More

Explore the desert on this SUV tour from Dubai. Cruise up, down and through desert dunes in Land Cruiser. Drive an ATV over sand dunes before enjoying live entertainment and dinner at a Bedouin camp. Begin by exploring the desert and get a glimpse of the harshness and intensity of the desert sands. Later on, try dune bashing in a 4x4 Land Cruiser (which is fully equipped with all necessary safety features) and sandboarding on the silky red-sand dunes. Next up is the quad bike area, where you will receive a short briefing of safety instructions before enjoying the thrill of riding an ATV over the vast sands. Finally, relax in a traditional Bedouin-style camp, where you can indulge in activities like camel riding and henna painting. Enjoy being entertained by belly and folk dancers while eating a delicious barbecue dinner.

Dubai: Evening Desert Safari with BBQ Buffet Dinner

2. Dubai: Evening Desert Safari with BBQ Buffet Dinner

Avoid the urban sprawl of Dubai on an action-packed experience in the desert. Drive across the dunes and visit a traditional Arabic Bedouin camp. Head to a Bedouin camp and experience the traditional Arabic reception of coffee and dates on arrival. See the camp at your own pace, cover yourself in traditional Arabic clothes, and take pictures. Have the opportunity to ride a camel and stop across the desert to watch the beautiful sunset. Enjoy having henna painted on your hands or feet. Listen to music while drinking tea or Arabic coffee at the campsite. Taste a delicious barbecue dinner and try the famous Arabic shisha water pipe. Gaze at a star-lit belly dance performance around the campfire before you return to Dubai or Sharjah.

Mleiha Desert Safari with Sandboarding, Stargazing & Dinner

3. Mleiha Desert Safari with Sandboarding, Stargazing & Dinner

Step away from the hustle and bustle of the city and venture to its pristine dunes. Enjoy an evening of adventure with a desert safari accompanied by dining, stargazing, and cultural experiences. Start your tour with a pickup from your centrally located hotel. Meet your private driver and board your air-conditioned transportation. Admire the contrasts of the city’s urbanscape and the desert’s isolated sand dunes. Get a glimpse of agricultural life, rock formations in the desert. Visit the famous Fossil and Camel rocks. Thrill-seekers can sandboard and dune bash across the vast desert landscape. Drive to the Archaeology Museum in Sharjah which blends history, nature and culture. Gain insight on ancient Arab tradition. Take time to look around and take pictures. Capture breathtaking views of the desert during sunset. Enjoy a beautiful evening exploring the stars and planets with an experienced guide. Unwind with a traditional dinner at Mleiha Café before heading back to Dubai.

Dubai: 2-Hour Evening Dhow Cruise and Dinner

4. Dubai: 2-Hour Evening Dhow Cruise and Dinner

Take a relaxing 2-hour tour on a Dubai dhow under the evening stars and feast on international treats as you cruise. Set sail onboard a traditional Arabian dhow. Once onboard, enjoy a sumptuous feast of Arabic and international cuisine while gently gliding past the souks, banks, and palaces of Dubai’s glittering waterfront. A friendly driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the pier, where you will board a traditional Arabic dhow, typical waterborne vessels of the Persian Gulf traditionally used by pearl fishers. As you set off, you will glide past the wonderful illuminated skyline of Dubai at night, and feast on Arabic and international specialties in the comfort of the onboard dining area. The dhow offers an international open-buffet with appetizers, salad, fish, meat, several desserts to choose from. At the end of your romantic evening of soaking up the vibrant atmosphere of Dubai at night, your driver will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

Dubai: Historic City Highlights Day Trip

5. Dubai: Historic City Highlights Day Trip

Sample historic sites and the vibrant cosmopolitan life of Dubai on this tour starting in the popular Jumeirah district. Make a stop at the traditionally recreated Madinat Souk for stunning photos of the iconic Burj Al Arab Hotel then drive onto the man-made Palm Jumeirah island, an incredible architectural marvel for a closer look at another icon, the Atlantis Resort. Continue along Jumeirah Beach, the picturesque palace and residential area of Dubai to a photo-stop at the famed Jumeirah Mosque. Next, head to Al Bastakiya, the old part of Dubai. Pass the Al Fahidi Fort, the ruling family’s former residence and take an Abra (water taxi) to sail across Dubai Creek. Disembark at the Spice Souk where the fragrances of the orient come together then there is time to shop in one of the most visited sites of Dubai – the Gold Souk. Finally, your journey ends in the new heart of Downtown Dubai where you will see the magnificent Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.

From Dubai: Sharjah City Tour

6. From Dubai: Sharjah City Tour

This tour will take you to Sharjah, the "Pearl of the Gulf". A pivotal landmark to see during the tour is King Faisal Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the Emirates. You will visit the renovated Fort of Sharjah, the former residence of the ruling family built in 1820.  Then you'll proceed to wander through the adjacent souk "Al Arsa". Before returning, there's time to stroll and shop at souk "Al Markazi" – a treasure trove of carpets, jewellery and handicrafts.

Dubai: Evening Desert Safari with Camel Ride & Sandboarding

7. Dubai: Evening Desert Safari with Camel Ride & Sandboarding

Get out of Dubai for a bit on a desert safari tour. Sit in a Bedouin tent and learn about desert life as you take part in traditional cultural activities. Start your tour with a pickup from your hotel in Dubai. Hop into a 4x4 when you reach the outskirts of town and zip through the sand dunes on your way to the campsite. When you get there, go on a camel ride and experience this traditional form of desert transport. Follow up your ride with some flavored shisha in a Bedouin tent and try some sandboarding. Immerse yourself in the local culture with a captivating belly dance. Sip on some traditional Arabic coffee. After your cultural experience, venture out of the tent and enjoy the desert sunset. Afterward, try on traditional costumes or get a henna tattoo. Finish off your tour with a buffet dinner featuring local favorites. Get dropped off back at your hotel at the end of the tour after dinner.

Hatta Safari & Honey Bee Garden Visit

8. Hatta Safari & Honey Bee Garden Visit

Start your half-day trip into the desert and the Hajar Mountains with a drive eastward through the desert interior. On the way, let your guide know if there are any sights that you want to see more of during your trip; your tour is private, so the schedule can be tailored to your wishes. As you head toward Hatta, watch as the landscapes change from open expanses to dunes, and then to the rocky foothills of the Hajar Mountains. Learn about Hatta from your guide and see an old trading settlement and rock pools nestled into the mountain slopes. Stop to enjoy a picnic breakfast and continue to Jebel Maleihah, nicknamed Fossil Rock after the ancient marine fossils embedded in its slopes. The Honeybee Garden is your next stop in Hatta where you learn all about the fascinating art of beekeeping and honey-making. Afterward, make your way through the imposing Hajjar mountains to Hatta Dam.

Dubai: The Pearl Of The Gulf - Half Day Sharjah City Tour

9. Dubai: The Pearl Of The Gulf - Half Day Sharjah City Tour

This tour will take you to Sharjah, the neighbouring emirate of Dubai, also known as the ‘Pearl of the Gulf’. Start with a photo-stop at the magnificent Al Noor Mosque on Al Buhaira Corniche and proceed to the largest mosque in Sharjah, the King Faisal Mosque. Then visit the Islamic Civilization Museum. Several galleries display carefully-restored artifacts from around the Muslim world, celebrating Islamic contribution to the World Heritage. Next, drive to Sharjah’s ‘Old Town’. After a stroll through the restored traditional market Souk Al Arsa, visit the Heritage Museum, showcasing the history and traditions of the Emirates and the Emirates of Sharjah. Before returning, you have time to explore Souk Al Markazi, a treasure trove of carpets, jewelry, and handicrafts.

Desert Drive & Wadi Shawka Pool Visit

10. Desert Drive & Wadi Shawka Pool Visit

Explore the best-kept treasures of Arabia on this mountain safari experience. Get a glimpse of desert life and agricultural life with rock formations deep in the desert such as fossil and camel rocks. Continue your adventure with sandboarding and an exciting dune bashing experience. Enjoy an exhilarating adventure to the deep trenches and waters of Wadi, the region’s natural water pools. Wadi Shawka in Ras Al Khaimah is neighbored by the Hajar Mountains and the valley consists of rocky terrain, farmland, water pools, wildlife, and plenty of parking and camping spots. Wadi Shawka is a perfect place for family picnics and get-togethers in nature. Swim back through it or turn back a little bit and climb a small hill to bypass it.

Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend on Sharjah?

    Count on three days in Sharjah to enjoy its attractions. Add one or two more if you plan to take a day-trip to Dubai or decide to set out on an excursion into the desert.

  • Getting around

    There is a public bus system in Sharjah, along with buses that connect it with other locations in the UAE (Dubai Airport is 15 minutes from central Sharjah). When traveling by taxi, it's recommended to use authorized metered taxis. If you do go for an unmetered taxi, negotiate the price beforehand.

  • Where to stay in Sharjah

    You'll find the majority of accommodations in the city's central business district, stretching from Al Sharq to Al Majaz, and along the beaches of al Khan in the al Khaledia suburb.

  • Islamic traditions in Sharjah

    Sharjah is the most conservative of the seven emirates, and it's expected that both men and women follow an equally conventional dress code in public. If you're looking for a night on the town with a cocktail or two, then you'll have to head to Dubai, as Sharjah is completely 'dry.'

Good to know

  • Language
    Arabic
  • Currency
    AED (United Arab Emirates dirham)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+04:00)
  • Country Code

    • 971

  • Best time to visit
    Though there is air conditioning to escape the scorching summer sun, best to visit Sharjah from November - February when the cooler temperatures allow for roaming around outside.

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What people are saying about Sharjah

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 4,056 reviews

It was amazing. Me and my kids were picked up from the hotel right on time and momo, our guide was extremely kind. We started with an adventure on quad bikes in the dessert which we didn’t have to wait in line for m. We rode for two hours but we were given the choice to ride for however long we wanted. After the quad bikes, we were taken to the sand dunes where we were riding up and down them in a perfectly smooth land cruiser. And I wouldn’t recommend this for those who have a weak stomach. After that we took a break outside the car, sand boarded down the dunes and got back on the road. In less than five minutes we were taken to A performance area where we were able to eat a buffet and watch exhilarating fire and dance shows and were then drops back to our hotel. A great and memorable experience that I encourage everyone to embark on. Love from Pakistan.

Ahmad was great! Best vibes. Took great care of us, gave us refreshment, music, sang with us (he loved imran khan!). Picked us up from our apartment and made sure we were okay throughout the whole day! 10/10 would recommend. Best experience!!!! We Love Ahmad! - Hajar

Excellent from start to finish. Driver was fantastic. Quad bikes were great. Nice big area to ride about in. Dune bashing was a great experience. Camp shows were good and food was good. Lots of choice. Would highly recommend.

Fantastic experience. Our guide (Ali) was very helpful and full of information. Well worth the cost for a great 7 hours of desert and cultural experiences.

Fantastic experience. The is a must do if you visit Dubai. I will definitely do it again with the same tour company.