Sharjah

Sharjah is the third populous and largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates and due to its cultural affiliation, the city is visited by millions of tourists.

It is the capital city of the Emirates of Sharjah and shares all kinds of political, cultural relationships with the rest of the Emirates.

Sharjah sits next to Dubai geographically and can be comfortably considered as its suburbs, as many people work in Dubai and live in Sharjah.

Since the 18th century, Sharjah has been under the rule of the Al Qasimi Empire.

The city has also been named as a ‘healthy city’ by WHO. Due to the influence of Islamic values alcohol is forbidden in Sharjah, and the restaurants and hotels do not serve it.  Since Sharjah is the dry state bars, pubs, nightclubs are almost non-existent.

Kalba

The Kalba, an exclave of the Emirate of Sharjah, is a well-known tourist attraction famed for its fascinating places like the Khor Kalba creek, pristine sandy beaches, a takeoff of mangroves and many more interesting things.

It consists of a significant natural reserve and is situated close to the border of Oman, located approximately 110 km from Sharjah.

Kalba is also looked upon as an important birding spot for bird lovers.

Eye of the Emirates

A visit to Sharjah is incomplete without a ride on the “Eye of the Emirates”.

This giant Ferris wheel offers an aerial view of Sharjah Corniche, lagoons and landscape, extending its horizons to neighboring Dubai.

It has 42 air-conditioned cabins that go 60 meters high over Sharjah and is capable of carrying 336 passengers at a single instance.

The Al Noor Mosque

The Al Noor Mosque is one of the very few mosques that are open to the public in Sharjah. Situated at the Khaled lagoon.

Sharjah Desert Park

This desert park packs four venues into a 1-sq-km package, including a natural-history museum, a botanical museum and a Children’s Farm where kids get to meet, pet and feed goats, camels and ducks, and ride ponies and camels.

The main attraction, though, is the Arabia’s Wildlife Centre, a zoo showcasing the diversity of local critters.

Vipers, flamingos, wildcats, mongooses, hyenas, wolves and the splendid Arabian leopard all make appearances.

Visitors get to observe the animals in air-conditioned comfort through glass panels, making the center a year-round destination.