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Sharjah Sports

In Sharjah and the neighboring emirates, apart from snow skiing, just about every other sport imaginable is available. From indoor to outdoor activities, wet or dry sports, for fun or to learn, for teams or individuals, you name it, you can do it!'

Sharjah Sports

Formula 1
Since the year 2000, Sharjah, has hosted the Formula 1 Powerboat Races. The races have proved Sharjah to be a regional pioneer in hosting international events that attract worldwide attention.

Formed by an Emiri Decree (5/1996), the sole purpose of The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority is to become the central marketing arm of Sharjah Government - devoted to the promotion of commerce and tourism.

Our daily tasks include the close liaison with our fellow authorities, Sharjah's many travel industry professionals as well as any and all internal or external marketing organizations or individuals interested in Sharjah. In case of Sharjah - these are very enjoyable tasks, indeed!

We are proud to say that whether for tourism or choosing a great place to live and work - Sharjah is a beautiful modern city - friendly, safe and secure with an offshore tax base, great facilities, schools, shopping, green parks, and clean streets. Come over to Sharjah, relax, smile, have a coffee and enjoy yourself in a modern oasis of peaceful fun.

This is a popular game that can be played at anytime of the year. Please call the centers below for details of costs, leagues and fun competitions. It is recommended that you book in advance.

Sharjah Sports

Sharjah has a great number of unofficial cricket pitches! Most weekends one can see a wicket set up on an open patch of sand with a batsman, bowler, a number of fielders plus several supporters turned out for an afternoon’s entertainment.
Sharjah Cricket Stadium (532 2991) is the only venue hosting International cricket in the Middle East. The cricket season runs from mid-September to the end of May. The local and Bukhatir League matches are organized by the Sharjah Cricket Council and two international tournaments are hosted by the CBFS, in March/April and October/November respectively. Night Cricket is held annually, during the Holy month of Ramadan. The stadium is available for hire. Contact the stadium for details of membership, forthcoming events and hire charges.

There are some wonderful hikes, set within the spectacular mountains and wadis of the UAE, even in the high Hajar Mountain range. Water, good socks and walking boots and sun cream are essential. Routes generally spread by word of mouth and unless you are sure of the way, it is best to go in an organized party.

Sand Skiing
Without the opportunity to snow ski, sand skiing provides the next best thing! With the aid of a four-wheel drive, all you need is a big steep dune and off your go on an exhilarating ride.

'Big Red' as it is affectionately known lies half way to Hatta, to the left of the main road and is a popular skiing spot.

In some sports stores they sell 'sand boards' which are cheaper and more basic snowboards. For children, a plastic sledge or something similar is enough to give a lot of fun for anyone.

Horse Riding
Riding in the Arab world is a traditional sport and the Arab thoroughbred is famous worldwide. Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club (531 1155/531 1188) offers both riding and racing just 20 minutes from Sharjah city.

The school provides training and livery in a self-contained area with good clubhouse facilities, 150 stables, teaching paddocks, floodlit sand arena, dressage and grass show jumping arenas.

Lessons are available for both individuals and groups given by qualified BHSAI (British Horse Society Assistant Instructor) instructors for all levels of ability. Advanced riders have a choice of lessons covering dressage, show jumping, stable management and endurance racing. Hacks and desert trails are organised regularly and weekly riding for the disabled is offered during the winter months. Other activities include teaching clinics, Pony Club, annual show jumping competitions and gymkhanas. Riding at the centre is by prior appointment and approval only, so contact the club for further information.

The centre’s livery service includes stabling, feeding, grooming and turning out. Air-conditioned stables can be leased and shoeing and veterinary services can be provided at an additional cost.

The racecourse with grandstand for 1,500 people provides outstanding spectator facilities plus catering and parking. All visitors are welcome at no charge to attend the meetings held between November and April.

Sharjah Shopping Malls

Al Fardan Center
Open Since 1998 Al Fardan center has given Sharjah a new ay to enjoy shopping. The mall consists of a spacious three level shopping center, basement parking and two floors of offices. Eventually two towers and a revolving restaurant will be built on top to accommodate residents. The 3 floors have mixed retail shops and boutiques offering a variety of products and well known brands.

Al Taawun Mall

Al Taawun Mall
Al Taawun Mall, a state of the art spherical shopping center is located midway between Sharjah and Dubai and overlooks the attractive Al Khan Lagoon. This center was the first and biggest in Sharjah in terms of area, number of shops and recreation activities. Sharjah Co-op hypermarket will soon open. It houses many retail shops and boutiques, entertainment areas, a food court and more. The third floor houses the kingdom of Foton World spread over 52,000 square feet, offering an extraordinary fantasy destination for all the family combining fun, entertainment and education along with the opportunity to savor cuisine from around the world.

Sharjah City Center

Sharjah City Center
Sharjah City Center opened to the public on Sept 23, 2001 Sharjah City Center is described as a new era in the field of shopping and entertainment for Sharjah residents, a new addition, the latest by the Majid Al Futtaim Group of Companies, provides Sharjah residents an integrated array of shopping options which represents the true value of money together with entertainment and recreation all under one roof.

The new center is located off Al Wahda Street and houses 91 stores on a total area of 28,000 sqm in addition to a parking lot that can accommodate 1,300 cars. The center is designed and constructed to meet the traditional requirements of Sharjah markets and at the same time attract high quality international products.

Besides Carrefour, the center plays host to a number of international names which have come to Sharjah for the first time. It is also the main destination for families and children with the presence of Magic Planet Kids, a unique entertainment complex designed for children up to nine years.

The center also houses a number of garment, perfumes, cosmetics and jewelry stores carrying local and international brands, in addition to the food court which can seat 500 people.

Mega Mall

The Sharjah Mega Mall opened in December 2001. The mall is located in the heart of Sharjah on Immigration Road.
Antic's Land, a huge DH 35 million family entertainment center, is located within the Sharjah Mega Mall, introducing a new concept of education and entertainment for people of all ages, especially children. At 85,000 sq ft, this distinctively themed family entertainment center places the visitors in ancient times and allows them to travel through time with Antic - a fictional character who will be the focus of attraction at the center, as his ventures lead him to a futuristic Sharjah.

"Unique rides, games, edutainment activities, shops and much more entice visitors, young in age and young at heart, with this surreal experience," said Dave Rowbotham, General Manager of the Family Entertainment Center.

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