Bright city lights, towering sky scrapers, mazes of roads – Sharjah is just like any other major metropolitan city in the world, but with an additional sensitivity to history and culture. Known as the Capital of Islamic Culture, the city is particularly strict about a variety of laws, including clothing and alcohol consumption. Nevertheless, visitors are sure to have a great time in this bustling city. While the new town consist of majorly the corporate buildings and crowded streets, the Old Town has surely maintained its charm. Best explored on foot, the Old Town has colorful markets, traditional souks and dozens of exceptional museums. While souks sell antique jewelry, gold and precious materials at lower prices, the museums range from vintage cars, archaeology, and calligraphy to science. Beautiful squares are scattered all over the area, where children can play around and blend into the lively atmosphere.
The Eye of the Emirates is a giant Ferris wheel, similar to the London Eye, which offers scenic views of the busy city below, though slightly expensive. The city is also distinguished by its many roundabouts, where tourists can admire or stop to take pictures of the surrounding architecturally magnificent buildings and structures. In the heart of the city, the Al Majaz Waterfront attracts joggers, families, children and tourists. It is the best place to relax, run around and unwind from one’s fast paced life. A spectacular sound and light fountain show takes place at regular intervals in the evenings and night, calling for some quality family time at the lagoon. Apart from these major attractions, the city also has aquariums, wildlife centers, football and cricket stadiums, wetlands and national parks to appeal to everyone’s tastes. One can stay at Sharjah for a couple of days and have a blast! The city holds back no shortage in any of its services and attractions.