Here you’ll find the latest facts, experiences and ideas for an incredible adventure in Sharjah.
Join 7-year UAE resident, and first time Sharjah visitor Oksy Kelvisch (@oksyvlogs) as she discovers with fresh and eager eyes just what makes Sharjah a cultural capital of the Arab World. From luscious landscaped gardens and spectacular musical fountain shows to one of a kind museums, Oksy has everything you need to get your 2020 travel plans started.
Fun-seeking family @thecharmedfamily are here to showcase an unforgettable day out in Sharjah that ticks all the boxes! Join them as they step back in time to discover the lives lived within the walls of Al Hisn Fort Museum before being whisked back into the present for an animal adventure at the Arabian Wildlife Centre, broken up with much needed tranquility within the culturally significant and peaceful beauty of the Islamic Botanical Garden. Words and images by Jaime Morton-Hawley.
Travel enthusiast and architectural designer Memo Zambrano (@heymemozam) on who’ll be leading the charge for Team Sharjah at the F1H20 World Championship this month.
Literature blogger Meghana Rao (@megsblogged) brings you everything you need to know about the upcoming Sharjah International Book Fair – explaining how H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi vision of an “oasis of knowledge and enlightenment” is brought to life through inspiring and internationally-renowned guest authors, actors and speakers. With over 2000 publishers and ranked as the 4th largest book fair in the world it is most definitely a spectacle not to be missed. Get Meghana’s lowdown and plan your visit now!
We all need time to relax and reflect every now and again, and Arwa Doriwala (@sliceofdubai) talks us through why Sharjah Library is the perfect setting to transport you to a place of peace and curiosity. Join her as she explores the magnificent building, where children conjure up their own universes and adults can connect with passions both past and present through the library’s vast selection of reading and research material. Whether a fan of fact or fiction, parent or student read on now to find out why Sharjah Library has all the answers.
Blogger and bookworm Abeer Acero (@lookingforabura) loves nothing more than getting lost in fiction, so join her on her magical mission to find the best locations in Sharjah to disappear into the world of literature. Whether it’s relaxing with your favourite novel to the backdrop of butterflies and birdsong at the Literature Pavilion or diving into the diverse range of books on offer at the numerous beach libraries, Abeer has found something for everyone this winter.
Join accomplished photographer Altamash Javed (@aljvd), a frequent Mleiha visitor on his journey of rediscovery through the full-throttle Mleiha Adventure Package. Combining history, sunset lounge and star-gazing with white-knuckle dune-buggy thrills he documents his truly immersive experience.
Escaping the bright city lights photographer Ali Amar (@r1se) is here to take you on an magical night of camping under the star-filled skies of Mleiha. Get a taste (quite literaly) of his enthralling evening of food, firewood and star-gazing. Did we mention the sunrises are pretty incredible too?
Art and Architecture expert Burhanuddin Taiyeb Dalal (@burhanuddintd) takes a trip to the desert to quench his thirst for knowledge. Join him as he showcases the wonders of the past and reveals the secrets of these ancient lands, journeying through 70 million years of history at the Mleiha Archaelogical Centre.
Travel blogger Mustafa Sheikh (@mustafa_sheikh) jouneys into the heart of the Sharjah desert to seek out the elusive eco-retreat, Al Faya Lodge. If your checklist for a getaway includes a serene instagrammable pool, spectacular spa, fresh local food, and luxurious rooms with stunning views then this is the place for you. Oh, and did we mention the jaw-dropping architecture and design? Look no further, Mustafa has your staycation inspiration covered.
Want to know how to capture that Mocha moment? Searching for that perfect sugary snap? Then look no further than Lifestyle blogger and cafe aficionado Abeer Acero (@lookingforabura) who hits the streets of Sharjah to showcase her top five instagrammable coffee shops in Sharjah for that hashtag worthy (espresso) shot.
Lauded digital creator Mohammed Azizi (@alphaspotting) breaks down everything you need to know about this year’s festival, from its humble beginnings to the photography powerhouse it is today.
For award winning outdoor photographer Mohammed Almusabi (@mks_1) the sky is the limit when it comes to how he captures the diversity of Sharjah’s landscapes. Discussing his recommendations from cameras to drones he reveals what it takes to capture his stunning and unique images of Sharjah’s rugged deserts and impressive skylines.
Whether you are travelling abroad or looking for somewhere close to home, finding a place that is great fun for families with young children can be challenging! Just a short drive from Dubai, is Al Montazah Parks in Sharjah, offering incredible entertainment for the entire family.
From staycation deals to jaw-dropping mall offers and promotions, Family and Lifestyle blogger Behnoush Yaghobi (@babynilia) has it covered as she takes in Sharjah’s new Four Points by Sheraton hotel, the must-see experiences at the Sahara Centre and so much more.
Family Food and Travel Blogger Abigail Caidoy (@cuddlesandcrumbs) explores the epic activities on offer from daily live shows and gaming stations, to the adrenaline-fueled zip line and Cartoon Network cinema. Join Abigail and her family on their memorable day out.
Immerse yourself in the plethora of events and workshops on offer in Sharjah this year as part of World Book Capital 2019. From Arabic calligraphy exhibitions to storytelling festivals, check out travel expert Natasha Amar’s (@thebohochica) in-depth guide to everything on offer.
Book enthusiast Ramsha Ahmed (@thebooknookae) chronicles the history of this unique award, from its inception to the internationally acclaimed – and vital global literary platform – it is today, as well as Sharjah’s 2019 achievment.
Architecture graduate and travel blogger Memo Zambrano (@heymemozam) explores Sharjah’s new monument by internationally-acclaimed artist Gerry Judah. Join Memo as he explores the new site and delves into the plans for the exciting House of Wisdom opening in 2020.
With 48 hours to spare in the emirate, join travel journalist Natasha Amar (@thebohochica) as she explores the City of Sharjah, pays homage to it's heritage sites, visits Al Noor Island and enjoys a stroll across the canal at Al Qasba.
Sharjah's ruler His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi officially unveiled Sharjah Mosque at the beginning of Ramadan. Follow celebrated architect Memo Zombrano (@heymemozam), as he explores the intricacies of this new iconic landmark.
Celebrated photographer Ali Amar (@r1se) explores Sharjah Biennial’s three distinct art exhibitions. Its connecting theme is titled: Leaving the Echo Chamber, loosely questioning how art is produced in an age of globalised media.
There’s more to Sharjah Biennial than art exhibitions. From free photography courses to indie film screenings, check out travel expert Nagham Al Badawi’s (@nanotraveldiary) surprising encounters as she experiences this unique art show for the first time.
The Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization not only houses more than 5000 artifacts, it also regularly hosts exhibitions and internationally renowned displays of Islamic art. The first of its kind in the UAE, the museum boasts seven sections, one of which is the Ibn Al-Haytham Gallery of Science and Technology.
From 11 July until 31 August 2018, the Sharjah Summer Festival will make sure your family’s days are packed with unforgettable moments. Don’t miss out on countless activities, discounts, competitions and more.
Discover all the things Al Noor Island has to offer from adventuring through the Butterfly house containing some of the most beautiful and delicate creatures on Earth or witness Al Noor Islands enchanting display of lights, art sculptures, structural designs in an array of colours that will leave you in awe.
Kalba Kingfisher Lodge is an eco-friendly tented camp situated within a protected nature reserve–home to some of the oldest mangroves in Sharjah.
Central SoukVisiting the UAE for a second time after first visiting Dubai, read how Indian blogger Gunjan Upreti went in search of a new experience and explored Sharjah, uncovering the many activities and sites the emirate had to offer.
With so many options, it’s sometimes hard to figure out which souq will suit your needs best. To help you navigate, we’ve listed the quintessential goods available and the souqs at which you are likely to find them.
As you drive east out of the city of Sharjah, the dense cover of low-rise industrial warehouses falls away to be replaced by vast swathes of red sand.