Sharjah is a scintillating emirate of the UAE and is known as the Cultural Capital of the country as it has beautifully preserved its heritage and traditions. Much less flamboyant than its southern neighbour Dubai, this city is none-the-less a fantastic family-friendly destination. Kids love to engage in the endless entertainment avenues, while adults can explore the art galleries and historical monuments here. Here is a look at some of the best attractions of Sharjah, which you must explore on your next visit to the emirate.
Al Noor Mosque
One of the most prominent landmarks of Sharjah, the Al Noor Mosque also happens to be one of the very few mosques open to tourists in Sharjah. The mosque is located at the Khaled lagoon on the Buhaira Corniche. Visitors are attracted to its interesting architecture, which is inspired from Turkish Ottoman designs and considered to be the most famous place of worship across the UAE.
Al Khan Beach
Visit the Al Khan Beach and enjoy hours of relaxed sun bathing or adrenaline-pumping water sports. This is the first public beach in Sharjah and is equipped with many facilities that allow visitors to engage in these two activities. While here, you can try kayaking, kite surfing, parasailing, banana boat rides and fly board rides among other water sports. The beach also has volleyball and beach tennis courts. And, after playing such gruelling sports you can head straight to the beachside cafe to savour fresh juices and delicacies. Its central location close to Al Khan historic area and Sharjah Aquarium gives you lots to do after leaving the beach.
The Sharjah Desert Park
The Sharjah Desert Park is an ideal family-friendly attraction, which is located around 26km away from Sharjah. The sprawling park includes four popular attractions – the Sharjah Natural History Museum, Arabian Wildlife Centre, Botanical Museum and Children’s Farm – which are visited by millions of travellers every year. You can enjoy family picnics at designated spots here as well as make it an educational experience for kids.
The Sharjah Aquarium is another popular family attraction with locals as well as tourists. Explore the mysterious underwater world right here at this aquarium at Al Meena Street in Al Khan area. The model of marine life exhibited at the aquarium will be an educational trip for your children, while discovering around 150 different species of clownfish, seahorses, sea rays and reef sharks will be a delight for both kids and adults. The aquarium is home to many different species of fish from rock shores, coral reefs, lagoons and mangroves.
Al Montazah Amusement and Water Park
Visit this amusement park to have a fun-filled time on thrilling rides and splashing slides. This vast amusement park is located at Al Arouba Street on Flag Island in Sharjah. Within the park, you can spend time and energy on exciting rides, slides and landscapes. Try adventure sports including Ballerina, Ranger, Worm trains, Go Cart, Toofan Towers, Mahir’s pool or Liblib Waterhouse while here. And, after the fun-filled activities, head to the many food stalls offering delicious delights.