About Sharjah

Travelers Frequently Asked Questions

Transportation

Get to know more about transportation in the Emirate of Sharjah and certain other transport related details.

Trip Preparation

Find out about the best times to visit Sharjah to enjoy a pleasant holiday in Sharjah and a few destination tips to keep you informed.

Packing Tips

Read the tips to pack wisely during your visit to Sharjah and avoid carrying any items that might ruin your holiday before it even begins.

Transportation

Sharjah is relatively safe, just like its neighbouring Emirate Dubai. It is also safe for women to travel alone as long as they adhere to conservative dressing (to prevent attracting unnecessary attention).

Sharjah has a modern network of roads and many signposts labeling the directions. With reasonable petrol prices and zero tolerance for drinking and driving, Sharjah is a safe place to drive and also adheres to right-hand driving. Speed limits are strictly followed at 40 to 70 km/h in the city and 100 to 120 km/h on highways.

The public bus network in Sharjah provides less accessibility to locations away from the bus route. The buses run on 7 local routes and 3 express routes. To catch a bus you need to stand at a bus stop and wave your hand to notify the bus driver you want to board it. Each bus seats only 50 people and won’t take passengers more than their seating capacity (to prevent humans getting juiced while traveling). Boarding the bus should be from the front door and getting off the bus is from the back door. Tickets can be paid for by cash or Sayer card (electronic swipe card similar to Oyster card in the UK). Make sure to keep your ticket until you exit the bus. Bus transport is pretty cheap in Sharjah, but unless your destination is near a bus stop, don’t opt for it.

Long distance travel by bus to neighbouring Emirates is also possible. To do this visit the main bus station and purchase your ticket. The seating is really comfortable and can be compared to flight seats.

Hailing a taxi in Sharjah is a cheap and easy way of getting around. Reputed taxi companies in Sharjah include Emirates, Sharjah, Citi, Advantage and Union. You can differentiate between a taxi and a normal car by the reflective green plates that all taxis have on them. Taxis come in 2 types; metered and unmetered, but it’s best and cheapest if you stick to metered taxis.

Walking around Sharjah is comfortable and is a good way to absorb the Islamic architecture and landscaped beauty of the city. Since the weather is hot, make sure to wear loose fitting clothes made of natural fibers like cotton and linen. Women are advised to cover their legs and shoulders to avoid any unwanted attention.

There are no official hiking trails in Sharjah, but the Mleiha Archaeological centre in the desert is a good place to do a lot of exploring by foot.

It’s best for tourists visiting Sharjah to opt for transfers that come with their tour packages or pay the extra cash and book one. Since you have no local knowledge of getting around it is best to pass on the responsibility to someone who is reliable, like your tour provider.

Trip Preparation

Named as the Cultural Capital of the Arab world by UNESCO in 1998 and renamed as the Capital of Islamic Culture in 2014, Sharjah is a compulsory stop for culture vultures and history buffs. The city is full of museums and a breathtaking city that showcases many styles of Islamic architecture.

Sharjah experiences year-round sunshine with a dry climate. Summer months tend to get very hot with average temperatures touching 40 degrees Celsius. Planning your trip to Sharjah within the winter months – between October and April- allows you to explore the city better as average daytime temperatures are 20 degrees Celsius with night temperatures going even lower.

Alcohol

Sharjah is a conservative city and follows the Islamic law which prohibits alcohol. Being caught while in possession of beer, liquor or wine without having a license to possess alcohol, will result in you being fined. Alcohol can be consumed only in hotels or restaurants that have the license to sell liquor. Also, refrain from requesting alcohol while in the company of locals to avoid offending them and gaining the attention of the authorities.

Drinking and Driving

Driving while intoxicated is not tolerated and will result in serious consequences.

  1. There are no clubs, bars or sheesha cafes in Sharjah.
  2. Locals love to bargain and doing so can bring the prices down by 30% of what was initially stated.
  3. The prices of high quality goods and services are cheaper as compared to other Emirates.
  4. Sharjah is regarded as one of the cleanest cities and throwing garbage anywhere can result in huge fines.
  5. Instant coffee is not available for sale.
  6. Locals are really friendly which is why Sharjah is called the ‘smiling Emirate’

Packing Tips

  • Important Documents (Visa, passport, travel insurance, etc)
  • Sunblock (SPF 50+)
  • Clothes of lightweight materials (cotton, linen, etc)
  • T-shirts, jeans
  • Comfy shoes
  • Pair of sandals (especially if you are going on a desert safari)
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Light sweater (night time gets a bit chilly, especially in the desert)
  • Pashmina scarf ( For women: necessary to cover head while visiting mosques in Sharjah)
  • Universal Charger
  • Power Bank
  • DSLR Camera
  • If carrying medicines make sure to carry the prescription of that medicine too.
  • If purchasing liquor from the duty-free, keep the bill with you until the bottle has been completely consumed.
  • Tobacco
  • Banned medications (make sure to check if any medicines you are bringing is not banned in UAE as some medicines approved in other countries are not allowed in the UAE)
  • Poppy seeds (or any items containing traces of it)
  • Statues
  • cooked or home-made food items

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Photography in Sharjah

If you are a serious shutterbug and love capturing photos while on vacation, Sharjah will definitely offer you many photo opportunities. Keep reading to find out about some locations to get that Instagram-worthy pic.

Sharjah Art Museum

Ideal for art-lovers or individuals on the lookout for interesting content to glam up their Instagram feed, the Sharjah Art Museum is 3 floors of 4,000 stunning artwork giving a glimpse of Islamic Architecture and Middle Eastern Art.

Al Mahatta Museum

If you want to pretend to be an aviation enthusiast or are truly one, this museum is the perfect place to document the evolution of flying in UAE.

Al Noor Mosque

Situated near the Corniche, Al Noor mosque is one of Sharjah’s biggest and dons a colorful suit at night with its night lights. The mosque looks amazing during the Sharjah Lights Festival in February.

Al Noor Island

The perfect fusion of art and nature, the amazing sculptures and over 500 species of butterfly in the butterfly house will be a good place to exercise your camera lens.

Al Qasba Sharjah

The Central Market area at night is well lit and offer many interesting photo ops. Its location next to the creek and the Eye of the Emirates adds more interest to the vivid scenes.

Al Majaz Waterfront

The venue for festivals like the Sharjah Music festival and the Islamic Arts festival, Al Majaz Waterfront is a characterful place for that obligatory lakeside selfie.

Sharjah Aquarium

The variety of 150 species ranging from seahorses to reef sharks all housed in a captivating aquarium is bound to impress not only your friends and family but also your followers.

Mleiha Archaeological Centre

Enjoy a timeout from the concrete Jungle and reconnect with the past in an area rich of excavations. Who said that golden sands are not picturesque?