Visit Sharjah - Best of Sharjah

The third largest city in the UAE, Sharjah might not impress you with looming buildings and a dazzling atmosphere like Dubai would. But it will definitely leave you in awe of its underrated beauty, fascinating culture and an interesting history. Having the recognition of being the ‘Capital of Islamic Culture’, the city is also the capital of the emirate of Sharjah.

Historically, the emirate of Sharjah was one of the wealthiest towns in the region. It was around the year 1727 that the Al Qasimi clan took over the administration of the region and has been ruling it since then. In fact, Al Qasimi (also written as Al Qassimi) is one of the six ruling families of UAE.

If you embark on a Sharjah city tour, you will come across quaint mosques, ages old yet bustling souks (markets), museums that are trying to preserve the history and culture of the region, huge malls and the historical Sharjah Fort- Al Hisn. Want to know more about the city? Allow us to be your Sharjah travel guide.

Trivia: Did you know that Sharjah is the twin city of the Spanish city of Granada?

Sharjah Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Sharjah tips for your visit

Essential Information:

  • Time Zone: Gulf Time Zone (UTC +04:00)
  • Currency: United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED)
  • Electricity and Internet: Voltage: 220-240 Volts (U.S./Canada are 110-120 Volts). Primary Socket Types: Euro, British, Indian. Internet in the form of Wi-Fi is available in most of the hotels and accommodations.
  • Languages: While the official language is Arabic, the residents of Sharjah understand and speak Urdu and English as well.

Security:

  • Police: 06-999
  • Ambulance: 06-998
  • Al Kuwaiti Hospital: 06-5242111
  • Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority: 06-5566777
  • Off-beaten Path: There are a few quaint churches in Sharjah. Do explore them in your free time. Do check out the enormous Sharjah Fish Market as well.
  • Tipping: Tipping is not expected in the Arab countries as a service charge is generally added to the bills in hotels and restaurants. However, it is appreciated. A couple of AEDs should do the trick.

Customs:

  • Men as well as women, refrain from wearing clothes that are too revealing.
  • If you are visiting as a couple, completely avoid public displays of affection (including hugging).
  • During the holy month of Ramadan, it is not considered polite to eat, drink and smoke in public areas.
  • Criticizing the religion of Islam, showing disrespect towards the nation and its flag and the royal family may be considered as a punishable offence and can lead to imprisonment.
  • The consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in Sharjah. You need to acquire a license for the same. 

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Facts and Stats for Sharjah*

  • Pollution Statistics in Sharjah

    Know the pollution level of Sharjah before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 52.78 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 39.47 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 46.05 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 44.74 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 34.72 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 36.84 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 46.05 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 42.11 (Moderate)
  • Sharjah: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Sharjah for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Sharjah.

    • Burglary and Theft 21.25 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 23.68 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 19.74 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 25 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 18.42 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 26.32 (Low)
    • Attacks 23.68 (Low)
    • Drug offense 27.78 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 90 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 71.25 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 14.47 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 14.47 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 23.68 (Low)
  • Living in Sharjah - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Sharjah is 143.22 (High)

    • Safety Index 76.26 (High)
    • Climate Index 43.35 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 53.77 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 54.39 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 55.09 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 56.18 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 5.49 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 105.55 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Sharjah

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Sharjah

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.12 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.14 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 53.89 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 79.24 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 56.75 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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