Al Qasba is the most important tourist attraction in the city. It has a lot of recreational facilities that make it an unparalleled entertainment spot. The Al Qasba Development Authority offers high-class and modern entertainment, cultural and leisure attractions, which are based on Arab values and traditions.
Eye of the Emirates
A visit to Sharjah is incomplete without a ride on the "Eye of the Emirates". This giant Ferris wheel offers an aerial view of Sharjah Corniche, lagoons and landscape, extending its horizons to neighbouring Dubai. It has 42 air-conditioned cabins that go 60 meters high over Sharjah and is capable of carrying 336 passengers at a single instance.
Opening Hours: Saturday to Wednesday: 4:00 pm to 12:00 am
Thursday to Friday: 3:00 pm to 1:00 am
Al Hisn is a two-storey fort situated in the Al Shukh district of old Sharjah. Constructed in 1820, the fort has now been converted into a museum to showcase a world of local history and charm. Exhibits include old coins and weighing scales, jewellery, arms and ammunition, a window to the pearl trade and plenty of amazing photographs and maps.
Address: Al Bourj Avenue, Al Hisn Square, bank street, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Thursday and Saturday: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Friday: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Closed on Monday
The Expo Centre of Sharjah was founded in 1977 by Frederick Pittera, an organiser of International Fairs and Exhibitions. It was the first established trade fair centre in the country and hosts cream of the crop events such as the Sharjah International Book Fair. Throughout the year, the Expo Centre is the chosen venue for several international exhibitions, conferences and events.
Address: P. O. Box 3222, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Tel.: +971 6 5770000
Central Souq (Blue Souq)
The Blue Souq is the largest of Sharjah's souks. It was named so because of its uncommon blue vaulted roof. Located in the Khalid Lagoon region, the Blue Souq has two sections and about 600 shops. The first section on the ground floor houses shops that sell gold and precious stone studded jewellery, including antique Yemeni and Omani ornaments. The other section, on the upper floor has shops trading in electronic appliances, gifts items, garments, cosmetics, perfumes and so on.
Address: Located at Al Majaz, at the end of Corniche Road, close to Khalid Lagoon
Opening Hours: Saturday to Thursday: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm;
Friday: 9:00 am to noon, 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm