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Sharjah United Arab Emirates

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Sharjah Tourism Facilities

Sharjah Commerce & Tourism Development Authority is implementing new measures for the benefit of the Sharjah tourist trade . The Authority acts as coordinator to this sector. The development and improvement of tourism in Sharjah is given high priority. The visitors' experiences in Sharjah are to be optimized in order to attract more attention.

Sharjah is the third largest of the seven states which form the United Arab Emirates.

The settlement of Sharjah dates back some 6,000 years when it is believed to have been called Sarcoa. The population was small and people relied on trade and sea faring in addition to, farming, hunting, fishing and pearling. Many of the early settlements were based around the 'falaj', a man made underground water course.

In the following pages, you will find information about the history, culture, heritage and the language of Sharjah and the Arab world in general.

In the UAE, the warm greetings and friendly smiles of Arabic hospitality combine with the variety of food to make eating more than just an interesting experience.

Sharjah has an increasing number of restaurants and cafes offering a choice of cuisine from all over the world at prices to suit all budgets.


Sharjah has been a major Middle East tourist Destination since 1932! Tourists intending to visit Sharjah do not have to go far to get what they are interested in. That's why Sharjah was the first emirate to attract tourist groups in 1980. Since then, tourism has developed in leaps and bounds.

Organized tours in Sharjah range from half day trips to one or even two night safaris. Tour operators will arrange desert diving, shopping tours, camel riding, sand boarding, sand skiing and dune buggy driving. Orient Tours and SNTTA are two of the largest tour operators in Sharjah. Most hotels in Sharjah have special packages during the summer and during the Holy month of Ramadan.

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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