One of the first initiators in promoting tourism on a big way, Sharjah with the Arabian Gulf Coast in the west and Gulf of Oman and Indian Ocean in the east. It is a major business destination, which is efficiently linked by air, road, and sea. The city has most colourful history out of all the Emirates in the country and over a period of time many new attractions have been added to increase the tourist value of it.
What to do
Exploring the rich heritage of the city should be the most important occupation while you are in Sharjah. The souks or markets of Sharjah have tried to preserve their traditional values and they should be your next destination. Sharjah is a good place for food lovers and you can enjoy the food from almost all parts of world and especially Middle East. Excursions around the city of Sharjah open the door to the environment of the region and they should not be missed.
The history of Sharjah goes as far back as some 6000 years back when its name was Saroca. Those were the nomadic people who relied on trade and sea faring. The important phase in the history of Sharjah came when Portuguese took control of the East Coast in 1507, latter came Dutch and finally British who started trading with Qawassim, the forefathers of today’s ruling family.
Over the years, Qawassim became stronger and Sheikh Sultan bin Saqr bin Rashid Al Qasimi became the Sheikh of Sharjah in 1804. British influence continued on Sharjah with some turbulent years in between. In 1971, Sharjah became a founder member of United Arab Emirate and next year oil was struck here. This propelled enormous growth of the Emirate that is visible today in the wealth the place has acquired.
Weather and Best Season to Visit
Summer is the hottest season in Sharjah and temperature from the month of May to September exceed 40?C most of the time. Coupled with the humidity level that goes well over 90% at many times, makes it the most uncomfortable season to venture in Sharjah. Rain is a rarity in Sharjah and that makes only two seasons here. Winter from October to April is the best time to visit as the temperature hover around 24?C – 25?C during the day though the nights can get colder.
Sharjah is home to some of the most interesting architectural heritage in the country and some traditions that have all been forgotten. The cultural and historical heritages of the region are on display in the museums that Sharjah has built over a period of time.
The Islamic Museum near Al Qassaba Square showcases the different aspects of Islamic heritage. There are manuscripts in Arabic, pottery items, scientific instruments, and glass and metallic items on display in the museum. The museum is opened on weekdays, except Monday on 0900 to 1300 and 1700 to 2000 hours.