Qanat Al Qasba or Al Qasba is a place for all ages. It is for family, friends and lovers for a night of relaxation. A giant ferris wheel is a must-try ride for everybody. It offers an aerial view of the emirate's corniche, lagoons and landscape as well as the horizons of the neighbouring Dubai . Kidszone offers a wide range of edutainment activities specially created for children of various age groups. A ride in a traditional boat offers a panoramic view of the walkways, bridges and some of the cultural attractions and modern skyscrapers of the emirate of Sharjah. Another attraction is the Al Qasba Musical Fountain for daytime and night person to see. A tourist destination will never be complete without restaurants and cafes. There are lots to choose from in Al Qasba.
While not as cool as Dubai....a lot less expensive. Sharjah is a working city with its own share of marine traffic. You could probably spend and good hour or two walking along the Corniche on your way out to the beach to the East.
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
Not that great..compared to other souqs in Arabia but if you are out walking around the Khalid Lagoon/Dhow loading docks it is a great place to walk thru. If you are staying at the hostel it is even a place to pick up some fresh fruit/vegetables for a meal.
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...
Distinctive landmarks are a number of recreational areas and public parks such as Al Jazeirah Fun Park and Al Buheirah Corniche.
This park is considered to be one of the most family- oriented parks in the emirate, built on an approximate area of 250,000 square meter on an island inside Khalid lagoon facing the central mall.
You can see the Sharjah biggest roundabout, covering an area of more than 60,000 square-meters in Al-Sour district. It's surrounded by The Islamic Mall, King Faisal mosque and Al-Khaldiya bridge. The roundabout overlooks the colourful flowerbeds which spell out the lighthearted message "Smile you are in Sharjah".
The Monument is placed in the middle of the area and is decorated with seven oysters each with a pearl inside which represent each of the seven Emirates. The seven oysters surround the central pillar, which is crowned with a golden pearl symbolizing the union of the Emirates. The monument is surrounded with water basin decorated with fountain and greenery, boarded with plants and palm trees. The area contains comfortable wide seats and lighting for convenience at night.
The Sharjah Aquarium was inaugurated in 2008, by the Ruler of Sharjah.
The aquarium, built by locals and British experts, enables visitors to make a journey underwater and discover marine life.
Opening days and time:
Friday: 4pm - 8pm
Saturday: 9am - 8pm
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 4pm - 8pm
Thursday: 9am - 8pm
Adults 20 AED
You can watch my 3 min 41 sec HD Video Sharjah daytime walk part 2 out of my Youtube channel with Tata Simonin – Desert Sun.
Al Hisn is two-storey fort situated in the centre of old Sharjah. It was constructed in 1820. Now it has been converted into a museum that showcases a world of local history.
This fort was a traditional house of the rulers of this city. Sheikh Sultan bin Saqr Al Qassimi constructed this edifice around two hundred years back. This fort was set in the heart of the various developmental activities taking place here. There is an exhibit at this fort which showcases contents that provide information about the history of this emirate.
Museum opens daily from 08:00 to 20:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00 on Fridays.
Sharjah’s culture is firmly rooted in the Islamic traditions of Arabia. Islam is more than a religion, it is an integral part of everyday life for all Muslims and some of the basic values include honesty, courtesy and hospitality.
You can watch my 4 min 46 sec HD Video Sharjah evening walk part 3 out of my Youtube channel with Min Fine.