Sharjah: ideal as part of a twin-centre holiday
Multicentre holidays to Sharjah
The culturally rich and well-developed emirate of Sharjah is the ideal companion for a twin or multicentre holiday exploring the UAE and the Far East. Travellers can enjoy the cultural marvels of Sharjah City, which has countless museums and heritage sites, and the serenity of the sandy beaches clustered around the city's looping lagoon suburbs and outer edges. A swathe of international and luxury hotels are dotted about the water's edge, so there's no shortage of great places to stay either.
Ideal twinned with Dubai
Sitting side-by-side and with less than an hour's travel time between them, Sharjah and Dubai make perfect partners for a twin-centre holiday. In fact, may expats live in quieter and more cultured Sharjah and commute to glitzy Dubai for work. With Sharjah's slower pace and more authentic Arabian feel than its flashy neighbour, a holiday split between the two strikes the perfect balance between beach bliss and authentic culture, and over-the-top luxury shopping with a futuristic skyline.
As a dry emirate, there's no alcohol served in Sharjah, so it makes sense to team cultural sightseeing and a refreshing detox at the beach in Sharjah, with wining and dining and indulging in the glamour and luxury of Dubai.
Gateway to the mystic east
Sharjah's proximity to Dubai International Airport, which is a major stopover hub for flights venturing farther east to the Indian Ocean and the Far East, means it's also a good addition to a holiday in the exotic east. You can break up a long flight further afield by spending several days soaking up the sun on the beach and the Arabian essence of Sharjah City before heading onwards to the Seychelles or Thailand, for instance.
Why visit Sharjah?
For a mix of seaside relaxation and cultural exploration in the UAE, Sharjah is hard to beat. This Arabian Capital of Culture has plenty of treasures for the culturally curious visitor. UNESCO-listed for its Arabian heritage and with scores of museums, one of Sharjah's main draws is its rich cultural and sightseeing offering. In this quiet corner of Arabia you can also discover local customs, traditional souks and a gentle pace of life along the waterfront corniches. In Sharjah City alone you can find the huge bustling Blue Souk, so-named for its blue-glaze tiles, and the Heritage Quarter with its old fort and traditional restored houses.
Sharjah is also particularly appealing for travellers in search of a little haven of peace and quiet.
There's plenty of room to breathe, enjoy the wonderful climate and take in the breathtaking vistas of blue skies above sand-fringed lagoons and golden shores in Sharjah. Ample space means there are lots of resorts with wide landscaped grounds and private beaches where you can completely relax and unwind in a tranquil setting.
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The conception for the Waterfront City project in the UAE's Sharjah was recently unveiled at the Cityscape Global conference. With a host of features from a water theme park to shopping malls, luxury hotels and restaurants the project is expected to generate a lot of interest in Sharjah among holidaymakers in the coming years.
The Sheraton Sharjah Beach Hotel Resort and Spa is scheduled to open to guests next month in the United Arab Emirates. The luxury hotel has 349 guest rooms and suites, and a range of facilities including two infinity pools, Shine Spa for Sheraton, a Sheraton Fitness Centre, Kids Club and several gourmet restaurants.
Action Hotels has opened the Premier Inn Sharjah in the Middle East. The luxury hotel was originally scheduled to open last year but it was delayed due to power issues. It officially opened to guests last week in the heart of Sharjah, with 168 guest rooms and facilities including a gym, a restaurants and a coffee shop.