Sharjah-the neighbouring emirate of Dubai. With fewer crowds, a serene beach, various kinds of cuisine,history,and plenty of museums,Sharjah is definitely worth a visit, even if it is only for 24 hours.
With the rise of tourism in Dubai, Sharjah is definitely a place worthy of attention, being only 30 minutes away.
Getting in Getting to Sharjah is simple. There are two options if arriving by plane; Sharjah International Airport or Dubai International Airport. Both airports are close to main attractions and have great transport links. Direct flights to both airports take around 6-7 hours and cost around £450 return.
Visa – British passports holders will be granted a 30-day free of charge visitor/tourist visa upon arrival in the UAE with no need to apply beforehand. Getting Around From Dubai Airport, get the Red Line to Deira City Centre (every 10 mins). Then from Deira City Centre Bus Station get the E307 to Sharjah central (every 30 mins). Costing you a total of around £2.
From Sharjah Airport, you have the choice of getting lines 14 and 15 (6AM-11.30PM) with the company Muwasalat costing around £1.50-£2.00.
Alternatively, a taxi from either airport will cost around £20-£25.What to See Leave behind the tall buildings and elegant malls of Dubai and come to Sharjah to focus on the culture and history. Declared Cultural Capital of the Arab World in 1998, it had its recognition reaffirmed in 2014 due to its exertion in preserving its heritage.
Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation is a must-visit for those interested in the preservation of Islamic history. It is also worth visiting the restored Sharjah Heritage Area to learn about the amazing history of the Mleiha Archaeological Site. For shopping, visit the Blue Souq, designed and built by British architects Michael Lyle & Partners, it is conveniently located near main tourist sites.
The currency used in Sharjah and the UAE is AED. Money can easily be exchanged in the UK or upon arrival. Cash machines are also widely available.
Weather May to October are very hot months. November to April are pleasant and the recommended time to visit
By Juber Ahmed