This quaint shop is a new addition to the various shops lining Al Wahda street in Sharjah.
With it' high roof from which the most beautiful chandeliers hang and BIG framed oils on canvas,
that grace it's walls, one gets the feeling of
entering an old club house and gallery, both at once! The furniture is placed
to showcase the chandeliers which are unlike the ones that are found in the numerous lighting
shops in this region.
What to buy: The chandeliers are of classic, country and modern designs. There and tiffany pendants and Antler
Chandeliers as well. At last here is a store that keeps chandeliers that we see around the world
in high end properties and Hollywood sets.
The oil paintings are rare a treat! They are classy and big.
What to pay: The chandeliers are anywhere between aed 600 to aed2000. You can pick up a framed
Oil on canvas 100cmx100cm oil on canvas, for aed 850. Great buys all round!
Blue Souq (Souq Al Markazi or Central Souq) is the largest and one of the important Souqs in Sharjah and called as Blue because of its uncommon blue vaulted roof. Located in the Khaled Lagoon region, Blue Souq has 2 sections and about 600 shops. It’s a landmark of Sharjah, reflecting Islamic design.
Its unusual architecture attracts attention without any doubt. All Russians call it "paravoziki (small steam locomotives)" because it has a very similar view, haha!
You can watch my 5 min 00 sec HD Video Sharjah evening walk part 1 out of my Youtube channel with Amr Diab - Hapibi.
Sharjah Gold Center inaugurated in 1996, comprising 44 shops which are considered to be the best gold shops in the UAE in terms of quality, design, and selection.
I haven’t been there because shopping (and gold-shopping, haha!) wasn’t my purpose in that trip.
So many visitors and expatriates to the United Arab Emirates fall in love with the heavy, dark-wood furniture and rich colours in soft furnishings that are so typical for the region. However, most stores (especially in Dubai) are extremely overpriced when it comes to these items, as they fully realize that many people want to avoid the pine-wood forests of IKEA, etc. and instead buy furniture and decorations that reflect the Middle East and nearby subcontinent.
One of the most well-known furniture houses is called Marina Gulf Trading, and although I absolutely love their products I have to say, it's expensive!
So, for many years I'd heard from old, seasoned expatriates about a little gem, tucked-away in the Industrial area of Sharjah called PINKY'S. When the time came for me to finally bid farewell to our "first-apartment-together-cheap-dining-room-table", I decided to head into the unknown and search for this place. It's a bit tricky to find, but *so*worth it!
What to buy: Pinky's specializes in dark-wood furniture - everything from tables to cupboards and wardrobes, chairs and even a drinks bar! They also have a large selection of wrought iron garden lanterns (with or without coloured glass) and all kinds of wonderful decorative items for the home or as a gift for someone special.
This warehouse has been around for many, many years and is a family-run business that imports its goods from workshops in India and some GCC countries.
What to pay: We bought a *huge* dining room table (square, 1,60m x 1,60m) with 8 chairs and the entire set cost 3,200 Dirhams... for this price, you'd barely be able to get a table at the likes of Marina in Dubai!
Sundays to Thursdays: 10:00am-01:30pm and 05:00pm-08:30pm.
Fridays & Saturdays: 10:00am-02:30pm.
For those who enjoy shopping, Sharjah offers a great number of souks, the Arabian bazaars where not only great bargains can be had, but where you can have a cultural experience to boot.
Some of the older souks provide a glimpse into another world - and another era - while the newer ones are big and airy with dazzling displays of goods from across the region.
The (open) secrets to shopping in Sharjah Central Souk are:
- Haggle for half (or even a third or a quarter of) the original price. Case in point, my friend was able to bargain from $150 dollars to $50 dollars for a piece of pewter-framed mirror with turquoise accents.
- Act as if you are not that interested in the item (even if you're dying to take it home!).
- Slowly walk away and wait till the salesguy runs after you and gives you a discount -- even bigger than what you've expected.
A piece of warning though: Not everything that the salesmen say is true. Ergo, not all authentic-looking pieces are real. So beware.
What to buy: * Nice colorful lamps from Morocco, Persia and Turkey at Persian Carpet House & Antiques.
* Antique stuff (old compass, telescope, clocks, etc.) from Al Kayali Stores.
* Silk shawls and pashminas from Al Khazana.
* Crystals, jewels, carpets, etc.
And all the other rare finds from Persia, India, Pakistan, Turkey, etc.
The mall is like all the others of its kind in the Gulf. The main hypermarket Carrefour carries almost everything at very reasonable prices. This visit coincided with parents buying their Back to school supplies so schoolbags, water bottles and school stationery were in evidence.
We had a look at a number of clothing shops where there were reductions, and at a Japanese shop which had some interesting cheap kitchen gadgets.
We met some visiting friends and had a meal in the food court. Not the most nutritious, but fast food is what children want to eat when on holiday. They were then left in the play area for an hour to let the adults shop.
Malls are so convenient with everything under one roof, especially in a country like this where the heat and humidity are horrendous.
What to buy: almost anything/
What to pay: as much as your pocket can tolerate, but usually lessthan at the other Malls
The Sahara Mall has been built within the last 5 years, and lies just inside Sharjah as you drive from Dubai. It is still in a desert area, and so its tent-like form is quite appropriate, though now many high rise buildings are coming up.
Inside it is spacious and has a classier variety of shops than many of the other malls. there are shops selling Arabian perfumes vying with Chanel and other western brands. There are 'antique' shops selling Arab goods, furnishings and clothes. There are wonderful shops with home furnishings [The One] where you can sometimes get real bargains.
Its atmosphere is calmer than the larger Malls.
What to buy: I like the Book Gallery as it has a nice selection of English books. Magrudy's in City Centre, Deira may be larger and be more like a UK bookshop, but the Book Gallery has often been where I actually buy books because the layout makes me feel more relaxed, and I find what I want.
What to pay: A popular paperback book costs about 35 to40 dirhams
The Sharjah City Centre is one of the largest malls in Sharjah. It is home to a large number of shops as well as 19 restaurants in its food court.
It has a large outlet of Carrefour, the supermarket chain.
What to buy: There is a household item-shop called Daiso in the mall very close to the food court, which sells different items imported from China, most of which cost 5 Dirhams.
The Two Dirham shop is right opposite Sharjah Mega Mall and gives you the opportunity to buy those small things that you can need often, but usually wouldn't go a long way to buy them.
What to buy: Similar to Dollar shops in the US or Euro shops in Europe you would find small decoration pieces, hygiene items, toys, stationary and other similar stuff there.
It's actually a quite ideal place to get some really good bargains.
What to pay: 2 Dirhams a piece (you will even get some of the smaller items for just one Dirham)
Sharjah Mega Mall is probably one of the largest malls in town. It is spread over 4 floors and the one day we spent there was not enough to see all the shops there, so you can imagine how many there are.
What to buy: The fashion stores at Sharjah Mega Mall are quite good. You can find brands like bhs and Hang Ten there as well as many others.
What to pay: For Sharjah standards the prices are a little uppish, but from a tourist's perspective they are still very good.
SHARJAH ES MAS BARATA PARA COMPRAR QUE DUBAI, PUES HAY MENOS TURISMO, Y SIEMPRE QUE NOS REFIRAMOS A ARTESANIA, ALFOMBRAS, ORO...YA QUE PARA ROPA ES MEJOR DUBAI.EL ZOCO AZUL, ADEMAS DE SER PRECIOSO, ES MUY INTERESANTE PARA COMPRAR ALFOMBRAS, ESTAN EN LA PLANTA SUPERIOR Y SON MAS BARATAS QUE EN DUBAI, INCLUSO HAY TIENDAS CON SUCURSALES EN DUBAI, EN DONDE LOS PRECIOS SON MEJORES.LAS ARTESANIAS ANTIGUAS EN PLATA SON MAGNIFICAS.
What to buy: ALFOMBRAS PERSAS, ARTESANIA EN PLATA
Decent sized shopping mall just in Sharjah, but visible from Dubai because of the pointy white roof top than glows purple at night. Your usual array of shops; M&S, Spinneys, Debenhams, Toys R US, Century Cinemas and an Advernturland for kids plus a huge food court. Worth a trip if you're in Sharjah.
What to buy: Clothes.
What to pay: Average.
Mango, Zara, Early Learning Centre, Shoe Mart, Accessorize and many others. Mugg and bean is here - which sells great coffee, teas, huge muffins and cakes and deserts, and huge pies and other dinner plates. Very American but worth it if you need a present or fancy an afternoon of shopping.
What to buy: Clothes.
What to pay: Average. Depends which store. Shoe Mart is cheap, Accessorize the same as the U.K.
All you Frenchies reading this are probably laughing, but we spend many an hour here wandering the aisles. Products from France, America, England, India, and of course local and other food. The fresh food deprtment is fabulous - dates from Iraq, courgettes from Oman, grapes from Syria. Really cheap prices. A week's food from here costs me 150dhs, which is under 25 pounds.
What to buy: Fresh produce.
What to pay: Cheap.