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Back to the Roots Tour of Sharjah from Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
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Go beyond Dubai’s skyscrapers to experience another face of the UAE on a trip to neighboring Sharjah. With its 5,000 year-old roots, the UAE’s oldest city has mosques, old souks and museums offering real insight into the country's traditional culture. Visit the Al-Noor Mosque to learn about Islamic religious practices over coffee and dates, and explore souks, Sharjah fort, and the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization. Dubai hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Visit Al-Noor Mosque for coffee and dates, and learn about Islamic beliefs
  • Explore the craft shops of old Souk Al Arsah, and Souk Al Jubail fish and fruit market
  • Chart Sharjah’s history at Sharjah Fort and Museum of Islamic Civilization
  • Small-group tour with 15 people or fewer ensures a more personal service
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Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered


  • port rashid police station, Al Mina Rd - Al Mina - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Departure Time

8:00 AM
After Dubai hotel pickup, make the short drive to neighboring Sharjah, the UAE’s oldest city.

Learn about Sharjah’s 5,000-year-old origins, and visit the Al-Noor Mosque (Mosque of Lights) on the Al Buhaira Corniche. Admire the exterior of this modern masterpiece, built to echo Ottoman design, and reminiscent of Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, and then head inside.

Be greeted by an Emirati cultural ambassador, and refuel with Arabic coffee and dates as you hear tales of the mosque and enjoy a question-and-answer session on Islamic beliefs and religious traditions.

Next, head into old Sharjah and visit Souk Al Arsah, probably the UAE’s oldest marketplace. Stroll the alleyways and peruse the shops selling everything from pearl chests to jewelry, incense and more.

Visit Sharjah Fort (Al Hisn), a rock fort originally built in 1823, and then continue to the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, set in a beautifully converted souk.

View the precious artifacts showcasing Islamic art and civilization through the ages, and then make a brief stop at Souk Al Jubail, a state-of-the- art, waterfront food market. Admire the Islamic-inspired architecture and browse the stands before returning to Dubai, where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.
Stop At:  
Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization
The Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization holds thousands of rare and important Islamic artifacts, Here; you can esteem the timeless achievements of Islamic past grandeur and its universality, learn about the facets of Islamic faith, science, discoveries and culture, and embrace the beauty of Islamic art.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Al Noor Mosque
Begin your tour with hotel pickup in Dubai and relax during the short drive northeast to Sharjah. Your first stop is the Masjid Al-Noor (Mosque of Lights), located in the heart of Al Buhaira Corniche. This iconic masterpiece is influenced by classical Ottoman architecture, reminiscent of Istanbul’s Blue Mosque.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Souk Al Arsah
Souk Al Arsah once captivated merchants from Persia and India, along with local Bedouin who traded charcoal for rice. It’s now a topped market with air-conditioned alleyways featuring solid wooden doors, beautiful coral brick walls and hanging lanterns. The quaint stores sell everything from pearl chests and copper coffee pots to jewellery, perfume bottles and incense. Review the day’s purchases over a cup of Arabic coffee at the café in the centre of the souk, and stock up on delicious sweets at the popular traditional candy shop.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sharjah Fort - Al Hisn
Sharjah Fort Museum provides a unique, interactive experience that brings the emirate's history to life.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Souq al Jubail
Souq Al Jubail, located on the Corniche Street in Al Soor Area, Sharjah, is an integrated shopping destination that caters to Emiratis and residents’ needs; offering competitively priced fresh fish, meat, fruit and vegetables. Souq Al Jubail includes 67 meat and poultry shops, a fish department, and 212 fruit and vegetables stores.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Conservative dress is highly recommended
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Insiders Tourism LLC

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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What is the maximum group size during Back to the Roots Tour of Sharjah from Dubai?
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

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Very informative and interesting. A...
, Sep 2016
Very informative and interesting. A highlight was the lecture attended at the mosque - well worth it. Would recommend this tour for a different perspective of the culture. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable - the small additional cost for a private tour was well worth it and allowed us to make the most of every stop especially when I saw the large tour buses and the guides trying to herd the passengers around!!. .
La grande mosquée Sheikh Zayed est...
, Apr 2018
La grande mosquée Sheikh Zayed est dune incroyable beauté, ce joyau architectural nest à manquer sous aucun prétexte. Abbu Dabi, capitale dédiée aux affaires recèle quelque bon point dintérêts mais cela est surtout un voyage dans les arcanes régissant les Émirats arabes unis. Mounir en connait bien le fonctionnement. Passionné et attentionné, votre guide sait vous captiver et titiller vos points dintérêt pour faire de cette excursion une véritable journée de découvertes.

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