Beach of the Persian Gulf
The Emirate has plentiful beautiful beaches to enjoy sunbathing, beach combing, and water sports.
I should say that the main attraction of the UAE and Sharjah city for us was the opportunity to spend several days in December in warm and sunshine region with splendid beach of the beautiful Persian Gulf. And we got it: air temperature 25-28C at day time and 18-20 by night, water temperature 23-24C.
You can watch my 4 min 45 sec HD Video Sharjah Grand Hotel morning walk part 1 out of my Youtube channel with Cris De Burgh & Elissa – Lebanese Nights,
5 min 02 sec HD Video Sharjah Grand Hotel beach part 2 with L. Pha X – First Transmission,
4 min 38 sec HD Video Sharjah Grand Hotel beach part 3 ,
3 min 38 sec HD Video Sharjah Grand Hotel beach part 4.
Chill out on the beach
Not far from the hostel or the center of town are some nice stretches of beach. Since they tend to back up to the port you want to move a bit east prior to jumping in the water. It is a great place to come out and relax for a bit.
There is a Ferris wheel at the end of the Corniche.It offers breathtaking views of Sharjah. The charges are AED 20 for an adult (+14) for a 6 min ride. For those of you who are scared of going on the ferris wheel, this one is not that intense! its a very slow ride and you won't feel scared at all
Festivals in the Corniche
While we were there, a Chinese Lantern festival was going on.The entire corniche area was covered with beautiful red lanterns - it was a pretty sight! They even had a DJ playing music as part of the festivities.I was informed that they host diff festivals and even put up a calendar of the events.Check if out, something might interest you.
Al Qasba Canal
The Al Qasba area,also called the Corniche, is a really great place to take a stroll in the evening.The canal is lined with restaurants, cafes and ice cream joints.Its also a great place for taking the kids as there is an amusement park right there and you can even take a boat ride along the canal
There's a gorgeous fountain at the end of the walkway right next to the Ferris wheel.On fridays 7 PM they have a show with music for about 15 mins.The fountains dance to the tunes of the music and its a great sight to watch.The best thing about the show is that its FREE of cost:)
The Sharjah Aquarium
On a lazy Saturday in summer we decided to go and have a look at the recently opened Sharjah Aquarium. It is located down by the "corniche" waterfront, not too far from the famous Al Qasba and "Eye of the emirates." At the time of our visit (September 2008) construction was still ongoing on a neighbouring building, and we noticed that some of the displays were still lacking detailed information boards, etc. Surely, given another few months, the centre will be 100% operational and completed.
Nevertheless, we really enjoyed our visit and the layout of the museum is well-designed. A path leads you through different displays, and eventually also through the eagerly-awaited underwater tunnels... I find there is hardly anything more beautiful on this earth than looking up and seeing Stingrays gently "flying" above you head, their mouths appearing to have an eternal smile on their lips ;-) They have over 250 different species on display, most of which can be found in the Gulf waters & the Indian ocean (surrounding the UAE).
Entrance fees are extremely reasonable and it also wasn't too crowded, yet (I can imagine that in the future, most weekends may be filled with school classes and families with children).
After your visit, it's nice to take a stroll along the water front outside the museum. The museum can't quite keep up with the standard of some similar centres that I've visited in the UK and in Europe, but it's a great start and a good effort by the authorities.
I'd definitely recommend the Sharjah Aquarium to anyone with interest in marine life and I'm looking forward to visiting again in the future.
There are parking spaces, elevators and rest-rooms with wheel chair access.
NOTE: Please show some consideration and do NOT use a flash whilst taking pictures. This startles the fish and causes them unnecessary stress. There was a sign at the entrance stating that anyone caught using flash will have their camera confiscated until they leave the museum. But alas, as this is the UAE, there once again weren't enough security guards in the building to actually stop people from using their flash, much to my annoyance & dismay.
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Sun - Tues: Closed.
Wed: 4:00pm - 7:30pm Families only!
Thurs: 9:00am - 7:30pm
Fri: 3:00pm - 8:00pm.
Sat: 9:00am - 8:00pm.
Adults: 20 AED.
Child (6-15 yrs) 10 AED.
Child (5 years old &under) free.
Family (2 Adults & 3 Children) 50 AED
- Family Travel
Arabia's Wildlife Centre/Children's Farm
Arabia's Wildlife Centre is full of live animals from the Arabian Peninsula. See the rodents, reptiles, spiders and birds housed in clean and well looked after enclosures. No photos allowed here but cameras can be left at reception. After the centre, see the Children's Farm next door which houses camels, geese, goats, donkeys and cows. Kids can take donkey rides here and pet some of the animals. Entry for both is included on the park ticket (see Natural History Museum details) and opening hours are the same.
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 Calligraphy Museum
Take a look around the Calligraphy Museum to see lots of pictures of calligraphy art written in Arabic. The pictures are pretty and although it would be nice to know what they say in English (as very few did), you can still appreciate them. Timings are: Sat - Thurs 8am-8pm/Fri - 4-8pm. Charges: Adults Dhs 5, Family Dhs 10, Children - free. Can get a multi museum ticket for Adults - Dhs 15/Family Dhs 20.
Eye of the Emirates
Take a ride on the Eye of the Emirates to get a view of the Corniche and other parts of the city. Ticket charge is 20 Dhs for adults which gets you about 6 minutes on the wheel. The area also has restaurants and cafes as well as a small fairground area.
Khalid Bin Ibrahim House
See inside a traditional old house - the well and kitchen area, the bedrooms with their traditional furniture, the majlis room and admire the architecture. Open Sat-Thurs 8am-8pm/ Fri 4-8pm. Charges: Adults Dhs 3, Family Dhs 6, Children - free or use your multi use ticket.
Al Mahatta Museum
This is a great little museum situated on the site of the old Sharjah Airport complete with control tower. Take a look at the old planes in the hanger and look inside the flight deck of a Comet aeroplane. See the exhibits section which is full of old radios, weather instruments, an old ejector seat, etc., before looking in the history of flight section.
Open Sat-Thurs 8am-8pm/Fri - 4-8pm. Charges: Adults Dhs 5, Family Dhs 10, Children - free or use your multi entrance ticket.
Sharjah Hisn Museum (Fort)
Visit the Hisn Fort in the town centre to learn about its past. The fort was originally built in 1820 but was pulled down (everything apart from one of its towers) in 1969. This angered the young Sultan Bin Muhammed al Qasimi who cut off his studies in Cairo to go back to Sharjah to supervise the forts rebuilding. As he had been a frequent visitor to the fort as a young child, he drew plans from memory and over the years the fort was brought back to life.
The film showing just off the entrance shows what Sharjah was like in the past and there are a few rooms you can visit in the fort showing weapons and traditional furniture.
Open Sat-Thurs 8am-8pm/Fri -4-8pm. Charges: Adults Dhs 5, Family Dhs 10, Children - free or use your multi entrance ticket.
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.