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.
Al Jazeera Park and Sharjah Desert Park
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.
Al Qasba Mosque
Qanat al Qasba has a beautiful Mosque right by the canal.
This Mosque is another example of Sharjah’s rich tradition of Islamic architecture. The intricate formwork, sweeping curves and spires of such mosque projects requires a thorough knowledge of Islamic design and a commitment to the finest detail.
Old Sharjah Sites
You can spend a day visitng the sites @ Hertiage area in Sharjah. It will be much cheaper to buy a single ticket 15 Dh or a family ticket for 20 DH rather than buy a ticket for each site. The ticket is good for @ least 2 weeks. It would be nice if you can visit during Winter to avoid the heat. Some of these sites are excellent and some of them not so good but if you are not paying any thing more why not enter all of them. The exhibits demonstrate how simple was life and how difficult was the envioment (and still is). I enjoyed the my visit, there is some thing refreshing about walking in narrow street. If you find that to be strange. I'll leave with some pictures
Sharja natural history museum, UAE in South Pole!
UAE was in south pole 3 times according to this museum in the last 300 million years.
This place is dedicated to the environment. It highlights the presence of various marine mangrove areas around the UAE, and the protected zones. It also talk about the Desert, mountains and sand. It also tells Earth's story from the big bang till today. it talks about the fossil record, the dinosaurs and other ancient animals. It highlights the geological phases of planet earth and describes the stages in which the UAE and the Arabian Peninsula went through. I was amazed to know that during the last 300 Million years The UAE was 3 times located in the South Pole!! I am looking forward to our next trip there!! It talks about continental shift, volcano, comet, solar system, galaxies. This museum is very interesting and educational with many short video presentations on various topics. There is a nice video which shows how the continents moved around in the last 500 million years.
It has nice sections on marine life. Sorry no cameras were allowed
This house was built in 1845. this house is probably the oldest one in Sharjah that still exists today. It belonged to 'Obaid bin Eisa Al-Naboodah' a wealthy pearl merchant. All Arabic houses have more or less a similar design; a small door leading to guests’ area and than to a court yard surrounded by family rooms. This house considered to be big by local standard of the time when most people couldn’t afford a brick house and used to live in tents or Areesh houses.
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 Islamic Museum
A nice museum contains something of every thing. It had few halls including The Kaaba hall with its Kaaba Covering. The Islamic Mints Hall which has a big collection of coins covering all dates and geographical areas. There is also a manuscripts hall and an Arabesque and Ceramic Hall. All displays in Arabic and English
Sharjah Heritage Museum
This is a very nice Museum to visit. All display rooms and exhibits try to give an Idea about life in the area prior to the oil boom. There is a room for local currencies including some strange Hair clip looking silver coins!! There are all sorts of currencies Local,British, Indian and Iranians; that were used in the country. Also there are rooms for stamps, musical instruments, Herbal Medicine cosmetics, local dresses and various occupations in the past. All displays are explained in Arabic and English like all other museums
I thought it will boring, but I was dead wrong. It was a big hit with the little ones who refuse to leave despite the heat. There are the usual stuff, cows, goats, camels, donkey, chickens, ducks and horses. Kids can feed the animals and they can take a camel or a horse ride. Make this the last thing you sea other wise kids won't wanna leave.
I did not try to buy anything so I can't comment on the prices. walk around and have look @ old local architecture, esp that the place is air conditioned. There are few basic canteens and plenty of shops
BAIT AL YOUSEF
This is a good example of the local a house and architecture. This house was owned by a local Pearl trader and was built in the 19th century. The nice thing about this house was the fact that it was furnished. Bait Al Naboodah was not furnished when I visited it.
Sharjah scientific Museum
This facility is directed to kids. It is a good place to introduce scientific concepts in an enjoyable environment through games and fun. Every thing is explained in Arabic and English. There is a play hall for kids less than 5. There is also a gift shop, computer lab and a canteen. There is plenty of presentation about space and other scientific topics. The exhibits introduce to kids things like human anatomy and Physiology; concepts like visual illusions, sound and light properties, Gravity, Probability, space. It also has a microscope and telescope which the Kids can use. The employees are available to help children and explain things to them.
For this place you have to buy another ticket, Adult 5 Dh , Family 10 Dhs
Museum of Contemporary art
This museum opens only if there are exhibits. the web site for it is till under construction. It is located in the Art Area in Sharjah just pass Heritage area on the courniche Rd
Sharjah Museum of Art
Again this museum opens only when there are exhibits. However it has a descent size local art library; so it is open daily for that purpose in morning. No body asked me for a ticket but the general ticket for Sharjah Museum should cover this one also.
The museum has also a coffee shop and a gift shop
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