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Sharjah may not be as glamorous as Dubai or as modern as Abu Dhabi, but it is one city you should not miss while in the United Arab Emirates. It is the center of the country’s culture and history, taking pride in preserving its Islamic and Arabic heritage. Read on and learn all the top things to do in Sharjah for an unforgettable holiday.

Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization

A good place to start in your cultural journey in Sharjah is visiting the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization. Its magnificent architecture alone will entice you to visit. But once you’re inside, you’ll be fascinated by its extensive display of over 5,000 artifacts relevant to the world of Islam. Its exhibition includes manuscripts, carvings, coins, and even scientific instruments dating to as far back as the 7th century. The museum has two floors with seven galleries that might take a couple of hours to explore, so come as early as you can.
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Sharjah National Park

Sharjah National Park is the largest and one of the most popular green spaces in the city. It’s approximately 630,000 m2 and is open to the public with a very cheap entrance fee. Both locals and tourists also frequent Sharjah National Park thanks to its family-friendly facilities. It has picnic tables and designated barbecue areas for those who want to eat outside. There’s also a playground, giant slide, and a duck pond to keep kids busy. However, Sharjah National Park is not a dog-friendly place, so best to leave your pups at home. Playing football is also prohibited in the area.
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Al Noor Mosque

Al Noor Mosque, situated near the Khalid Lagoon, is the only mosque in Sharjah that welcomes non-Muslims. It opened only in 2005, and its design honors the classic Turking Ottoman style. If you’re curious to dive deeper into Al Noor’s history, there’s a weekly tour every Monday operated by the Sharjah Centre for Cultural Communication for free. Visitors need to dress modestly, and women will be required to wear an abaya provided at the mosque during their visit.
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Sharjah Art Museum

Located in the area of Al Shuwaihea is where you’ll find Sharjah Art Museum, one of the largest art museums in the United Arab Emirates. It is considered one of the leading art institutions in the Persian Gulf Region as it houses some of the most prominent works of various Middle Eastern artists. The museum has a total floor area of 111,000 m², where you’ll find temporary and permanent exhibitions. Sharjah Art Museum also hosts art festivals and workshops that are open to the public.
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