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?
Essential travel information and Sharjah tips for your visit
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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