The Arabian coast holds some stunning secrets. And Sharjah is one of them. This United Arab Emirates’ getaway location is just moments outside of Dubai, is one of the largest of the UAE’s emirates and is quickly becoming a hot destination for those looking for both an active and relaxing vacation. Sand skiing, snorkeling and everything from camel safaris to deep-sea fishing are possible during a spell in Sharjah. Have we piqued your interest? Allow us to tell you a little bit more about Sharjah.
1. Simply spectacular scenery
From the incredible sea views with the Dubai skyline striping the sky, to the glittering lights of the city at night and the fancy fountains splashing around, this city has a special sparkle to it. Architecturally stunning with a mélange of glass skyscrapers and small sandstone forts, your eyes will be treated to something new at each corner. Head into the desert for some necessary sand-dune snaps. Or take a boat out to sea to get a front row view of the Arabian coastline.
2. Fantastic food
Vacation time means all diets are off, right? You'll absolutely want an extra serving of that deep fried pastry! Breakfast means extra large servings of sweet pancakes, and dates are present at most meals adding a sweet twist to your favorite dishes. Butter soaked breads with garlic and spice are always close by as well. So if excellent food is important to you, then get ready to pamper your taste buds.
3. Adrenaline-boosting activities
Getting to do what other people can’t because they are stuck in the office is always that much sweeter when you can come home from holiday to show everyone what you experienced while you were away. So, be sure to fill your schedule with awesome activities you can't get at home. Sure, beaches are fun and will make those back at home green with envy. But Sharjah lets you step it up a notch with Camel Safaris, diving and desert driving. Want to ski or snowboard the sand dunes? Or sail off on a yacht into the sunset? Sharjah will deliver. Desert Rangers provide all the coolest activities on sand and sea, so get in touch to make your ultimate itinerary.
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4. Architecture to feast your eyes on
Architectural delights are plenty along the Arabian coastline. No space is left without thought and detail, meaning you could spend hours looking at a simple wall to properly admire it. Huge domes, archways and ornate fixtures will have buildings luring you in. A traditional craft in the region is the design of doors. Arabic doors have been an important form of expression for over 500 years with carvings telling of the status of the owners.
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5. Relaxation at its best
There will come a point during your day where all you want to do is kick up your feet, feel the sand in between your toes and sip on a cocktail (alcohol-free of course)! That is where Radisson Blu Resort, Sharjah-United Arab Emirates comes in. The Bay Club is the perfect place to forget busy deadlines and just be with your holiday thoughts. Enjoy the private white sands beach, saunas, swimming pools, tennis courts and more. Need a massage or to get a workout in? This is the place.
6. Surprising shopping and souks
Some of the world’s best shopping is only minutes away in Dubai, but you don’t need to leave Sharjah in order to find what you're looking for. There are plenty of malls, souqs and stores scattered around the city. Walk along Al Qasba by the river and enjoy the stores and restaurants with a view of The Eye Ferris Wheel. If you want a traditional Arabian experience, head to the Blue Souq where you can pick up gold, jewelry, fabrics and more. At the Sharjah City Center Mall and Sahara Center you can find a great mix of modern and traditional items. Everything you need can be found downtown plus many things you never even knew you wanted!
7. Rich traditions and a cordial culture
Tradition is an important seam in the fabric of the Sharjah society. Delicious food, charming friendly ways and a rich cultural and arts scene are secrets of Sharjah which will make your stay here even better. In your first couple of days, we recommend checking out the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization. Here you can get a better grasp of Arabia’s past with artifacts dating back to the 7th century. Want to learn more secrets of Sharjah? Join the celebrations on December 1 commemorating the UAE’s independence and dance in the streets lit by fireworks and the faces of locals. For more events and festivals, check out this guide and don’t forget to squeeze in a visit to the camel races!
Have a spare day and are looking for something exciting to do? Ask the concierge at the Radisson Blu Resort, Sharjah-United Arab Emirates.
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