Sharjah International Airport connects Dubai to other major cities across the world. The airport is conveniently located 10km from Sharjah’s city centre and 15km from the emirate of Dubai. It also connects to other emirates in the Middle East by the modern highways, making it easy for passengers to commute to and from the city centres and the seaports. Sharjah International Airport is the leading air transportation getaway in the Middle East.
From the airport, visitors can choose to take taxis or the bus to the city centre. The bus is the preferred option because it is frequent, cheap and convenient. The bus will bring visitors to the main city centre of Sharjah. Those wanting to move on to Dubai can take a connecting bus from there. Taxis, as in every other country, are the more expensive option. You can also choose to rent cars from any of the car rental companies that have offices at the airport.
Within the city of Sharjah, there are many attractions that are well worth exploring. Many visitors simply exit this city upon arrival heading for the cosmopolitan city of Dubai. They end up missing out on the beauty of the natural landscapes of the Arabian desert, mountains and seas. Like Dubai, the city is considered a world-class shopping destination.
Spend a beautiful morning exploring the city of Sharjah by heading to the Al-Hisn Fort, a masterpiece of Old Arab heritage and architecture. The fort is now opened as a museum, allowing visitors to understand more about social, political, commercial and military developments of the region. Next continue to the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation which houses handwritten Qurans, letters from Prophet Mohammed and artefacts from Mecca. The Sharjah Heritage Area which is open 24 hours a day is a must-see. Get ready to roam the villages and explore Bedouin houses. If you have the time, head to the King Faisal Mosque for a spectacular view of the lighted mosque at night.
Sharjah Natural History Museum and Desert Park is guaranteed to be a fun place for families wanting to learn more about the animals and plants that exist in the different parts of the emirates. Children will be able to be interactive with the farm animals and the exhibits at the park. Another attraction worth visiting is the Sharjah Aquarium which allows visitors to wander through tunnels surrounded by a kaleidoscope of fish in all shapes, sizes and colours. This museum is the most prized entertainment centre in Sharjah and houses more than 250 species of sea life. The Arabian Wildlife Centre gives visitors the chance to view and learn more about Arabian endangered wildlife.
The Blue Souk is apparently the most photographed building in Sharjah according to local statistics because of its stunning blue titled architecture. There is more than 600 shops in this building ranging from household products to exclusive designer brands. In fact, this place is the best alternative to Dubai if you want to buy carpets. The Al Jazeera Park, a tone away, is the ideal place to have a picnic. The scenery in this park is picturesque and never overly crowded. The Khalid Lagoon is beautiful to look at night with its light shows and majestic fountains in the middle. This place would appeal to those who enjoy a scenic exercise.
Visitors to the UAE usually head directly to Dubai, thinking there is absolutely nothing to do in Sharjah. Sharjah offers almost the same experiences and attractions, only at half the price of its counterpart, Dubai. Book your flights to this city now!
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