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How to Spend 1 Day in Sharjah

How to Spend 1 Day in Sharjah

Largely overshadowed by glitzier Dubai, Sharjah is slower-paced and more compact than its neighbor, yet boasts many of the same attractions—year-round sunshine, sandy beaches, historical sights, and swathes of dunes and desert beckoning from the east. Here’s how to make the most of a day in this often-overlooked city.

Morning: Top sights

Get your bearings and create your own sightseeing itinerary on a hop-on hop-off bus tour of the city. Glide around sights such as the Al Majaz Waterfront and Al Noor Mosque, disembarking at any stops you like. Alternatively, benefit from the insight of an expert and join a guided city tour (private or group) departing from Sharjah or Dubai—you’ll learn all about Sharjah’s heritage while stopping at Sharjah Fort and Souk Al Arsah, among other attractions.

Afternoon: Your own way

You have several options for the afternoon. If you’re looking for relaxation, hit one of Sharjah’s beaches to sunbathe and swim in the Persian Gulf. History buffs might head to the desert to see prehistoric fossils, and automobile enthusiasts will love the 100-plus vintage cars at the Classic Car Museum. Or if you’re still in sightseeing mode, go to Dubai. As you have only a few hours, it’s best to book a tour that covers all of Dubai’s top attractions in one swoop, from the Burj Khalifa (the world’s highest tower) to Deira’s old souks. 

Night: Desert and dinner

Sharjah’s desert comes into its own at sunset and after dark. Set out on an evening safari for a hassle-free, multipart desert experience, with everything from a 4WD dune bash to camel riding, sandboarding, dinner, and belly-dancing shows. For something more educational, opt for a tour that showcases the desert’s prehistoric relics before finishing with a little stargazing at a traditional Arabian majlis lounge in the sand. Alternatively, end your day on a hot-air balloon ride over the dunes as the sun turns them red.

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City Sightseeing Sharjah Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Sharjah Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Explore the United Arab Emirates' cultural capital from atop a double-decker sightseeing bus. Set out on a hop-on hop-off tour through the city, stopping at 21 various locations along the way. Learn about third-largest emirate and its vast history as you travel and disembark at as many stops as you like. Shop for rugs at the Blue Souq, wander the white sands of Ajman, see eagle rays and jellyfish at the Sharjah Aquarium and take in a fountain show synched to music. Your pass is good for 24 or 48 hours, depending on which option you choose.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$23.00
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$23.00
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The Sunset Lounge Escape

The Sunset Lounge Escape

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Head out into the desert for an evening under the stars. Start out with a tour of the Mleiha Archaeological Centre where you will uncover the long history of the desert region. From there, take a ride through the desert to the majid (social gathering space) for some refreshments and a specially prepared barbeque supper. A guided hike through the dunes and star-gazing complete the evening.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$64.09
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$64.09

Dubai City Tour with dancing fountains - Afternoon Dubai sightseeing tour

Dubai City Tour with dancing fountains - Afternoon Dubai sightseeing tour

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Experience the modern and historic highlights of Dubai on an afternoon tour. Explore Dubai’s roots and traditional culture at Dubai Museum and the Al-Fahidi heritage area, and cross Dubai Creek by ‘abra’ boat to Deira’s souks. Then, head for new Dubai, seeing the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al-Arab, a Dubai Fountain show, and more. Sharjah and Dubai hotel pickup and drop-off, plus Dubai Museum entrance fee included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$69.00
Price varies by group size
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$69.00
Price varies by group size
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Sharjah City Sightseeing Tour - The Pearl of the Gulf

Sharjah City Sightseeing Tour - The Pearl of the Gulf

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Explore Sharjah city, the capital of Dubai’s neighboring emirate of Sharjah, on this 4.5-hour tour from Dubai. Sharjah is sometimes called the ‘Pearl of the Gulf,’ and boasts a beautifully restored Old Town of heritage areas, museums and souks. Visit premier sights such as Sharjah Fort, originally built in 1820; see the grandiose King Faisal Mosque; and learn about local life through the ages at the Sharjah Heritage Museum. Lastly, scout out traditional handicrafts and other goodies at two colorful Sharjah markets —the Souq Al Arsah and Souq Al Markazi.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.60
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$35.60
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Desert Safari Adventure from Sharjah with Dune Bash and BBQ Dinner

Desert Safari Adventure from Sharjah with Dune Bash and BBQ Dinner

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Experiencing the UAE desert is about more than viewing the dunes: it means throwing yourself into a range of desert activities. This trip, unusual for departing from Sharjah, puts it all on a plate, with a dune bash and desert camp offering entertainments and sports. Your package includes camel riding, sand boarding, henna art, Arabian dress souvenir photo, and a buffet-BBQ dinner with dance shows. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 5 hours
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$65.00
Price varies by group size
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$65.00
Price varies by group size

Dubai Desert Safari evening with VIP Treat , BBQ Buffet and Exciting Liveshows

Dubai Desert Safari evening with VIP Treat , BBQ Buffet and Exciting Liveshows

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This desert adventure is the perfect way to enjoy an evening out of the bustling city. From your Sharjah hotel, travel by 4x4 on a dune bashing adventure. Arrive at our compound where you can try out sand boarding, have a henna tattoo, dress in Arabian clothes, take a camel ride (extra cost) and smoke shisha. Then kick back with a BBQ supper and enjoy dancing with live music.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$82.95
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$82.95
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Sharjah Mleiha Desert Half-Day Tour

Sharjah Mleiha Desert Half-Day Tour

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Enjoy a desert trip focused on history and nature—rather than camel rides and Bedouin-style camps—on a half-day private tour from the Mleiha Archaeological Centre in Sharjah's desert. See prehistoric artifacts, view the remnants of an early desert fort and Stone Age tombs, look for fossils, and drive across huge dunes to see the rock formations known as Camel Rock and Fossil Rock. Includes entrance fees, guide, air-conditioned transport, and choice of departure times.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$96.00
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$96.00

Private Tour: Sharjah City Highlights from Dubai

Private Tour: Sharjah City Highlights from Dubai

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Discover the must-see sights of Sharjah, the neighboring emirate to Dubai, on this 4.5-hour private tour. With your own private guide beside you, leave Dubai by air-conditioned minivan, and delve into the intriguing city of Sharjah, with its quaint Old Town of souks, museums and heritage attractions. Admire the gleaming King Faisal Mosque; visit the restored, 17th-century Sharjah Fort and fascinating Sharjah Heritage Museum; and delve into the colorful stalls of Al Arsah Souk and Al Markazi Souk as your guide sheds light on Sharjah’s history and rich cultural heritage.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$145.79
Price varies by group size
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$145.79
Price varies by group size
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Sharjah Arts Heritage and Culture Tour

Sharjah Arts Heritage and Culture Tour

Experience the different strands of Sharjah’s arts and cultural heritage on this 5-hour city tour. With a knowledgeable guide, start by exploring the city’s historical heart on foot. Stroll through the Souk Al Arsa, once a hub for camel-trading Bedouins; learn about Emirati life at the Heritage Museum; and delve into Sharjah’s seafaring past and marine life at the Maritime Museum and Aquarium. Enjoy photo stops at must-sees like Grand King Faisal Mosque, and later, switch your sights to wildlife at Sharjah’s Wildlife Centre and other natural history hotspots.
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  • 5 hours
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$130.00
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$130.00