Sharjah - Frequently Asked Questions
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Table of contents
- When is the best time to go?
- Do you need a visa?
- How can I get there?
- What is the local currency and what currency should I take?
- What is there to see and do?
- How easy is it to get from Sharjah to Dubai?
- Can I combine Sharjah with the Indian Ocean?
- How orthodox is Sharjah?
When is the best time to go?
Sharjah's climate is characterised by sunshine and warm temperatures - even in the winter months between December and February, the mercury rarely dips below 23 degrees C. Generally speaking, the best time to visit Sharjah is from November to April, when the weather is still pleasantly warm, but without the intense heat of the summer, when temperatures often rise above 35 degrees C and spending time outside is less comfortable.
Do you need a visa?
British citizens can get a 30-day visa on arrival in the UAE. Your passport needs to be valid for at least six months from the date you arrive.
How can I get there?
Sharjah does have its own airport, but there aren't any direct flights from the UK. Fortunately, Dubai International Airport is just 40 minutes away, so it's easy to fly into Dubai and then drive, or get a bus or taxi, to Sharjah to complete your journey. The flight to Dubai will take approximately seven hours.
What is the local currency and what currency should I take?
The local currency is the United Arab Emirates dirham (AED). Shopping around will help you get the best exchange rate before you travel. Cards are readily accepted in Sharjah, though it's important to carry cash if you plan to use a taxi, just in case they don't have a card machine (though many do).
What is there to see and do?
While being situated so close to Dubai, Sharjah is a very different place. Rich in tradition, it is home to a historic centre, heritage area, fabulous souks and a fantastic array of museums and galleries - all of which make this an excellent place to go if you're keen to soak up a little culture. Among the highlights are the Sharjah Heritage Area, where you can stroll among authentically restored Bedouin village homes, and the variety of museums on offer. Particularly worth a visit is the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation, which provides a fascinating and comprehensive look at the the history of the Islamic faith, including everything from art to Arab scientific achievements. Sharjah Art Museum, meanwhile, is another cultural must-see, and includes a permanent Orientalist collection, as well as a space for temporary exhibitions. Sharjah is also home to some excellent souks. Topping your list should be the Blue Souk - also known as the Central Souk - which is one of Sharjah's most
How easy is it to get from Sharjah to Dubai?
There are frequent bus services (routes 307 and A307) between Sharjah and Dubai - these run roughly every 20 minutes. Alternatively, if you hire a car you can drive the distance in approximately 40 minutes.
Can I combine Sharjah with the Indian Ocean?
Thanks to Sharjah's location near Dubai International Airport, it's very easy to combine holidays to Sharjah with other parts of the world. It makes a natural partner to a holiday in the Indian Ocean, as it allows you to break up the journey by spending a week or so in Sharjah before continuing on to a beach destination like the Maldives.
How orthodox is Sharjah?
Sharjah is arguably the most orthodox destination in the UAE, having strict rules about matters such as dress, and being the only 100 per cent alcohol-free location on the emirates. For visitors, this typically only means showing respect for local customs by behaving and dressing appropriately. For example, all visitors need to make sure their knees, backs, stomachs and chests are covered at all times. Plus, swimming clothes are strictly only for beaches and pools - and with the former, it's usually safest to stick to private resort beaches too. If you are travelling with your partner, avoid any overt displays of affection in public, particularly if you're not married - while you're unlikely to run into any trouble, it's safest to be cautious.
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