Buhairah Corniche and Khaled Lagoon
One of the most pleasant ways of whiling away the hours in Sharjah centre is to take a stroll along the promenade known as Buhairah Corniche. This waterside stretch of Sharjah is inviting due to its central location and its grassy areas shaded by date palms.
Locals come to hang out and chat and watch the dhows crossing Khaled lagoon. The fountain in the lagoon is the world’s third highest and is spectacularly floodlit at night.
Sharjah Heritage Museum
Take a look around the Heritage Museum to see how people used to treat illnesses with herbal remedies, the old schooling system, old coins and notes and jewellery. An interesting and cheap place to visit to discover the crafts and traditions of Arabian heritage. Open Sat - Thurs 8am-8pm/Fri 4-8pm. Charges: Adults Dhs 5, Family Dhs 10, Children free or use you multi use ticket.
Khalid Lagoon water fountain
This water fountain reaches heights of 100 meters making it the third highest fountain in the world after Jeddah (KSA) Fountain 276 meters and a Swiss fountain of 130 meters.
Unfortunately I could see it only from a distance. May be next time...
Sharjah lies on the Arabian Gulf. It is less developed than Abu Dhabi and Dubai , and has a more traditional population. Immigrant workers also tend to live in this area because housing is less expensive.
There is the gold suq, and beside it another covered market where interesting local crafts and antiques can be found. Old wooden doors and windows can be bought either as decoration or made into coffee tables.
Lying as it does on the Gulf, Sharjah has a long corniche and beach. Families congregate on the weekend [Friday and Saturday] and public holidays, but women do not normally go swimming.
If you want to swim, it is better to pay to use the facilities of one of the hotels, like the Kempinski in Ajman.
The water is warm and the beach is sandy, but beware of getting burnt. The combination of sea and sun is very strong and only a short time can leave you like a lobster!
"off the beaten track"
Sharjah is not just the area along the corniche, but has another outlet to the sea at Khor Fakkan. To get there means a long journey by road passing through the smaller emirate states.
It is interesting to see how the colour of the land changes from one state to the other- from white, yellow to black and other shades in between.
Colourful shops selling different commodities from fruit, flowers, handicrafts and pottery can be seen. And then the mountains and the sea.