One of the seven emirates of UAE, Sharjah brings the Islamic and Arab heritage together with its traditional architecture, cuisine and lifestyle. With the Gulf of Oman to the east and Persian Gulf to the west, this city offers idyllic vistas worth photographing as you walk along the Al Majaz Waterfront or canalside complex of Al Qasba.
This emirate is titled ‘Cultural Capital of the Arab World’ by UNESCO. On your trip to Sharjah, you can acquaint yourself with the ancient Bedouin history and culture at the Meliha Archaeological Centre. You’ll also get to learn about this region’s traditions through the artworks of skilled artists at the Sharjah Art Museum and artefacts at the Sharjah Heritage Museum. Celebrating penmanship, the Sharjah Calligraphy Museum displays centuries-old works and also conducts calligraphy workshops that you can participate in.
The golden sand sprawling across the deserts of the United Arab Emirates are best-explored through outdoor adventures. Setting out on a day trip from Sharjah, you can visit the rugged Fossil Rock and ruby-red dunes to enjoy camping, dune bashing and stargazing. For a respite from the arid climate, you can make the most of the clear waters by jet skiing, windsurfing or parasailing.