Skylines of Sharjah city
Frankly speaking I have never seen so many skyscrapers neither in Europe nor in Asia as I saw in Dubai and Sharjah. I think there aren’t so many in Europe at all. There are in Asia but when I was in China (1988) and in Japan (1993) they weren’t built yet. So it was so exciting for me to see skylines of Dubai and Sharjah.
We have been told that the public buildings in the Emirate were all designed by the present Sheikh, who is a qualified architect, and it made a visual change from the usual sceneries of skyscrapers in the other Emirates.
You can watch my 4 min 48 sec HD Video Sharjah Along by bus part 2 out of my Youtube channel with Rabiz – Hedet Kegam.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Sharjah on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 25° 19' 21.41" N 55° 22' 23.66" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Skylines and Corniche,
or according to the following coordinates 25° 19' 28.26" N 55° 23' 1.51" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Skyline of Sharjah ,
or according to the following coordinates 25° 19' 27.56" N 55° 22' 59.89" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Skyline of Sharjah .
The Heritage Area is a small area on the Corniche Road near most of the main sights in Sharjah..it is a small area which was still under restoration when I visited a few months ago. It is a nice break from the tall buildings that sprout up all over the Emirates. I stumbled across while checking out the Dhow docks
Sharjah Natural History Museum/Botanical Museum
This is a great museum for young and old alike. See how life started on earth, fossils, dinosaurs, how volcanoes and earthquakes occur, wildlife of the Arabian Peninsula, etc. Then move on to the Botanical Museum section in the same building to see how plants are used in our everyday life from fossil fuels to medicines. There are also interactive exhibits and a greenhouse section with real trees and plants.
Fees are: 15 Dhs for Adults, Children (12-16 yrs) Dhs 5, Under 12's - free. Fee also includes entry to the Children's Farm and Arabia's Wildlife Centre (on same site). Open Sun-Thurs 9am-5.30pm/Fri 2pm-5.30pm/Sat - 11am-5.30pm/ Tues - Closed.
Sharjah: A Hop, Skip and a Drive Away from Dubai
Only a hop, skip and a drive away from Dubai (okay okay, 30 minutes by car or bus and $1.75 away, to be exact)… Sharjah makes a perfect weekend get-away.
Before you know it, you’re up in the air for a slow, vertigo-inducing but marvelous Eye of the Emirates ride in Qanat Al Qasba for only $7..
Or at the clean man-made canal -- enjoying a nice romantic boat ride...
Or at a resto set against the wonderfully-lit canal -- enjoying an al fresco dinner (only if it’s not the summer season!)
Or at the Central Souk -- shopping and haggling till you drop! It is in this Central Souk where you can find authentic Persian carpets, colorful Moroccan lamps, authentic or maybe sometimes fake jewels and traditional costumes from all over the land, and some antique finds from Iran, China, Turkey, India and Pakistan.
(Note: The key here is to play-hard-to-get to the point of walking away slowly from the shop…. And wait… wait for a couple of seconds… until the salesperson comes practically running behind you to ask how much you want to buy this item or that. And of course, with just a bit of acting… you win! You get the item that you like so much at the lowest “bestest” price ever!)
Anyway, going back… (Bargain shopping always makes me digress!) Aside from restaurant, mall, souk and museum-hopping, there’s really not much to see in Sharjah. Or maybe we haven’t really explored it just yet. But just the same, we had a helluva grand time in this Emirate which is probably ten times quieter and cleaner than Dubai! We shall definitely come back to Sharjah for more! =)