Sharjah, a beautiful gem in the United Arab Emirates qualifies as the best vacation spot for Indians as its makes for a great weekend getaway owing to its proximity to India.
The emirate of Sharjah is well-known for its rich, cultural heritage – an identity that has been recognised a number of times as shown by the winning of the Cultural Capital of the Arab World 1998 and Islamic Culture Capital 2014 awards. It is a vibrant city with an exciting food and arts scene, a heritage area that is the largest restoration project in the region along with various commercial centres and over 22 museums.
The first impression of Sharjah is its stunning architecture, a visual manifestation of its closely-knit cultural fabric. Clean roads and roadside trees will make sightseeing a wholesome experience whether you cruise around the city or tour to the east coast.
The stunning white bridge that connects to Al Noor Island is also a great foil for clicking amazing photographs. As you walk towards the Butterfly House on the Island, take another look at the ripples of the adjoining Khalid Lagoon. The evening hue of the setting sun becomes a perfect filter for a memorable family picture against the iconic Al Noor Mosque. At the Butterfly house, spending some time with exotic species of butterflies will lift up your spirits!
Don’t miss exploring stunning attractions like the Rain Room – an art installation that lets you walk through a downpour without getting wet; Classic Car Museum – houses more than 100 vintage cars dating back to early 20th century; Al Mahatta Museum – the region’s first airport that has been turned into a museum; the Golf and Shooting Club where one can attempt Golf, Paintballing, Shooting and Archery; Museum of Islamic civilization – know for the richness of the Emirate’s culture.
While you are awed by the grandeur of the city, don’t forget to treat yourself to some freshly brewed Arabic coffee and dates. There are plenty of coffee shops around the city to keep your hunger pangs in check. Explore for street shopping in the local souqs and savor local cuisines at the Heart of Sharjah! This is where you can shop till you drop and stop only when you are hungry!
Mleiha’s red sand desert offers contemporary adventure activities that also houses ancient archaeological ruins. The detailed excavations and discoveries gauge the region’s past and give an insight into the evolution of the modern-day Sharjah. Spend a day with your family doing dune bashing, buggy bashing, camel rides and a plethora of fun-filled desert activities. A barbeque dinner under the moonlight desert sky around a shimmering bonfire with the gentle breeze will become your favourite memories later. Fall asleep while the stars twinkle above your tents.
What is life, if not a collection of memorable moments? Ending a Sharjah trip can be harder than you imagined. But its proximity to India, affordability, scenic vistas and value for money will certainly keep bringing you back.